Wilson Central offensive coordinator
After seven seasons on the coaching staff at Wilson Central High, former Mt. Juliet High quarterback Zac White is going home.
White, who played under center for former MJHS head coach Dan Winfree, has accepted a spot on Trey Perry's staff and is slated to be the offensive coordinator.
A 2003 MJHS graduate, White will replace Jonathan Parks who recently married and is seeking a coaching position near his new home.
"What makes this exciting," Coach Perry said, "is the fact that Zac is a Mt. Juliet graduate, he coached at Mt. Juliet Middle, his wife is a Mt. Juliet graduate -- it's awfully nice that we're getting a young man who has such close ties to our school."
Perry went on to say that having worked against White's offense through his years at Wilson Central proved to be a lengthy resume builder.
"He was the play caller for one of the most explosive offensive units in Middle Tennessee," Perry said. "We saw enough on film to know he was what we were looking for."
In 2016, Wilson Central averaged 36.6 points per game and piled up 1,766 yards on the ground and 2,345 via the pass. The Wildcats averaged 6.4 yards per offensive snap.
Thursday was White's first day to actually be on campus and working with the Mt. Juliet players and coaches.
"I'm excited about the opportunity, that's for sure," White said, who cited his time under Winfree as helping mold him as a coach.
"Coach Winfree was a hard-nosed, no-nonsense coach and a great teacher of the game. I learned a lot from him and the other coaches I've worked under.
"I appreciate the opportunity Coach (Brad) Dedman gave me at Wilson Central. He's a phenomenal guy and a great football coach."
White said he was looking forward to working closely with one of his best friends, Mt. Juliet's assistant head coach / o-line coach Curtis Grah.
"Curtis and I started playing junior pro football together, middle school ball and we played together at Mt. Juliet," White said.
"He and I have been friends for a long, long time. He's an outstanding offensive line coach, he's turned out college caliber lineman every year. His track record speaks for itself."
While Mt. Juliet has been primarily an up-tempo spread team for the past several years, White has experience in several different offensive styles.
"At Central, we were a Wing-T team, worked in some I-formation with option and this past year we were an up-tempo spread offense," White said.
"Regardless, I want to put our guys in something that will give us the best chance at winning every night out."