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March 11, 2014

Jewell of an Era

Longtime coach steps down, tabbed as assistant principal

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons

Sports Editor

CORBIN — After 15 years at the helm of the Corbin Redhounds football program, Steve Jewell is moving on up. Literally.

According to a press release from the Corbin Independent School System, Jewell was named Corbin High School Assistant Principal Monday afternoon. He replaces John Crawford, who was recently named principal at Corbin High School.

Jewell informed Corbin Redhounds football players that he’d been chosen for the job in a private meeting just before the announcement was made official Monday afternoon.

While he's moving up the ladder and joining the administration team at Corbin High Scholl, Jewell said the decision to move was not taken lightly.

“I've been really torn with this for about a month now (when the position came open), but a lot of people have shown they have confidence in me, so that makes it a little easier,” Jewell said. “I put a lot of prayer in to this and there was a door that opened up. I feel like the time is right to walk through that door and move on.

“I feel like I've had a good coaching career and I feel like it's a good time to leave because they have a great group of seniors coming back next year,” he added. “Whoever gets this job, I don't think they can complain about what they have to build on as far as talent.”

Jewell’s tenure has been a successful one, posting a 141-55 record with just one losing season (2012) under his leadership. Jewell led the Redhounds to one state championship appearance (lost to Breathitt County, 51-0) and five state semifinals.

Corbin posted 10-win seasons in nine of the 15 seasons under Jewell.

Prior to being named head coach in 1999, Jewell was an assistant coach for the Redhounds for 10 years, giving him 25 years in the program.

“I can't say enough good things about the community and the people that have supported the Corbin Redhounds football program,” Jewell said. “I'm excited that I can move forward and still be around to be a part of this system and see the football program progress as I move forward in my career.”

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