GCHS head football coach Tracy Hayworth says he sees players who want to win.
Grundy County High School has named former University of Tennessee linebacker Tracy Hayworth as its new head football coach. Hayworth, a former Franklin County High School football player, was drafted by the Detroit Lions.
Athletic Director Leon Woodlee called the hiring of Hayworth “historic.” He will be the first black coach in the high school’s history.
Hayworth met with the team on Friday, and Monday was his first practice with the boys.
“I see great potential,” said Hayworth. “We have some athletes and real talent is some spots. But, we have to put in the effort and the hard work.
“When I met these players, I saw boys who want to win, and they’re hungry,” Hayworth concluded.
Hayworth said former assistant coaches will remain on board and that he looks forward to working with them. In addition, he has brought in Eric Taylor, also a Franklin County High School graduate, and former NFL and CFL player.
Hayworth will replace Scott Smith who was fired earlier this week after being hired in February as head coach. Athletic Director Leon Woodlee said Smith was not performing duties assigned in addition to coaching such as field maintenance.
Athletic Director Leon Woodlee has taken over duties from former AD Steve Trussler, who resigned on June 28. In his resignation letter, Trussler stated that it had been a pleasure to work with GCHS’s “fantastic” student athletes.
“I have always put my athletes first and represented GCHS well. I leave GCHS in full compliance with TSSAA.