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 will replace Scott Smith who was fired earlier this week after being hired in February as head coach.
Woodlee told the Times Free Press, “Coach Hayworth was the first man I spoke to about the job. While we were talking, I discussed the race issue because it needed to be talked about. I know how people think about our community here, but I told him I have a black grandson and I live on that mountain and haven’t heard anything about said about it. He was surprised, but after we talked about it and I told him that most people in this community would support him, he agreed and I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders”