At their March 17 meeting, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Board of Control granted St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s (SAS) request for a cooperative agreement with Grundy County High School in 11-man football for the 2020-21 school year.
A cooperative program allows two or more TSSAA schools to form a single team in a sport in which at least one of the schools does not have a team and has not had a team for the previous five years. SAS has competed in 8-man football with the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) since 2011 but is dropping the program for 2020-21.
For the 2020-21 school year, SAS will field varsity teams in 10 sports, including basketball, cross country, golf, mountain biking, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.
“We are so excited that TSSAA has approved our request for cooperative football with Grundy County High School,” said Director of Athletics Rob Zeitler. “We already have a close working relationship with Grundy County as we compete with them in middle school basketball and volleyball, so joining them to play football will take that relationship to another level.”
GCHS Head Football Coach Tracy Hayworth is also excited about the new arrangement. “We are extremely excited about the coop program,” he said. “I am looking forward to start building a great relationship.” Coach Hayworth is creating quarantine workouts for his players and is looking forward to including his SAS players.
“I am super excited about this venture we are taking,” Charlie Westmoreland, Principal and Athletic Director at Grundy County High School. “Welcoming SAS student-athletes, the SAS student body, and their parents/caregivers will be our priority. I cannot wait to develop a working relationship and friendship with all involved. It is exciting when someone new is added to your family, and we see this as such.”
TSSAA approves cooperative programs on an annual basis. SAS athletes may currently compete in softball under a cooperative agreement with South Pittsburg High School.