After 12 years in LSSD --
Tim Chappell, longtime teacher and coach at Lebanon's Walter J. Baird Middle School, is leaving the profession to pursue a career in private business.
An employee of the Lebanon Special School District for the past 12 years -- all at Baird Middle -- Chappell says the decision to turn in his whistle and fungo bat did not come lightly.
My brother-in-law [Kelsey Everett] has been after me for about six years to join the Aflac team," Chappell said Monday morning.
"At first, I really had no interest because I loved teaching and coaching at Baird. But for the past three years or so, I've taken another look at my family and really just turned it over to God.
"Honestly, the decision to leave teaching and coaching is the hardest thing I've ever done, but the more I thought and prayed about it, I felt God was leading me in another direction."
Chappell coached the boys' basketball team at Baird for the first 11 years of his tenure and took over the girls' program last season.
Two of his boys' teams won Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association championships.
His real passion has always been baseball -- a sport he played at Gordonsville High and later on in college at Cumberland University and David Lipscomb.
Chappell gave up coaching baseball in 2017 in order to watch his son Brady play at Lebanon High.
"I'm competitive and passionate about anything I do," Chappell said, "I enjoy meeting and talking to people. I've always enjoyed a challenge and this new path is exciting for me."
Chapel is also the Music Director at First Baptist Church - Alexandria.
THIS STORY -- first appeared in the Wednesday, Aug. 2 print edition of The Wilson Post.