By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — The halls of Whitley County High School were relatively quiet Friday afternoon, but the school’s cafeteria was buzzing with talk of new Colonels head coach Jason Chappell.
Administrators, faculty, Colonels’ players and members of the media were on hand as interim head coach Al Ysidro introduced Chappell as the man chosen to lead Whitley County’s football program in to the future.
The months-long search came to an end inside the time frame officially expressed by officials, who wanted a coach in place before the team takes the field for spring practice.
“Our goal was to have someone in place by Spring practice and we’ve done that,” Whitley County High School Principal Alan Sweet stated in a press release. “We feel confident that Jason will bring not only the football knowledge necessary to be successful, but provide the kind of leadership for our young men that we expect.”
Chappell has 14 years of coaching experience under his belt, seven of which have been in a head coaching position, where he has posted an overall record of 30-46.
Chappell’s first stint as head coach was from 2003-05, where he led the Perry Central Commodores to 10 wins and 22 losses over the course of three seasons.
In 2006 Chappell took over at South Laurel, where the Cardinals went 16-19 over the course of the next three seasons. Chappell was named head coach at Campbellsville High School in 2009, where he led the Eagles to a 7-5 record before being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.
Most recently, Chappell served as offensive coordinator at Middlesboro High School, where he helped guide the Yellow Jackets to a district title, while averaging 37 points per game.
Chappell expressed his thoughts in regard to running a football program in a press release from the Whitley County Board of Education.
“I believe in a structured, organized, caring and detailed oriented approach to teaching children, whether that be football or something else,” Chappell stated. “I like to say that I don’t just run a ‘no huddle offense’, but I want to run a ‘no huddle program.
“I’m thrilled to lead a football program with the history and tradition that we have here at Whitley County,” he added. “I’m excited about the immediate future of this program and about what I believe Whitley County football can become.”
According to the press release, Chappell was chosen out of close to 50 applicants, several of which were considered high profile coaches.
“After a long and comprehensive search, I feel confident that we have found the best coach for Whitley County football,” Whitley County Superintendant Scott Paul stated in the release. “We received close to 50 applications, talked with numerous candidates including several high profile, but at the end of the day it came down to Jason Chappell being the right for for our program.”
Chappell inherits a team that went 1-10 last season and according to the press release, will return 37 players. The release stated that Chappell will begin his football duties immediately and will address everyone involved in the Colonel football program on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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