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Former Oak Ridge High School football coach Joe Gaddis is returning to Oak Ridge, school officials announced Monday.
Gaddis will be a teacher and head football coach at Oak Ridge High School. He will replace Scott Blade, who resigned to accept a position in Williamson County.
Gaddis has an overall 258-112 record in his 30 years as head coach. Almost half of those wins—or 119 of them—came while he served as head coach at Oak Ridge High School, where he coached from 1988 until 1998, an Oak Ridge Schools press release said.
The press release said Gaddis is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has been coaching at Peabody High School in Trenton, Tenn., where he has an overall record of 9-4 and won the district championship for the first time since 1992.
The release said Gaddis’ 119-24 record at Oak Ridge is the best in the school’s history. Gaddis led the Wildcats to a 14-1 record and the Class AAA state championship in 1991.
“Under Gaddis, the Wildcats made 10 playoff appearances in 11 years, and the team produced nine seasons with 10 wins or more,” the release said.
He has previously coached in Henry County, Tenn., where he took his teams to three straight Class 4A semifinal games. He has also held coaching positions in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
“The selection of Coach Gaddis culminates a month-long search for a teacher and head football coach at Oak Ridge High School,” the school system said in its press release. “During the selection process, approximately 49 formal applications were received with another 50-plus expressions of interest through resumes, letters, and calls. Seven candidates were brought in for formal interviews. Coach Gaddis was the unanimous choice of the interview committee.”
The high school will have an informal meet-and-greet reception for Gaddis at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Wildcat Arena. The public is welcome to attend.
“We are pleased to have Coach Gaddis return to lead the Wildcats,” Oak Ridge Schools Interim Superintendent Bob Smallridge said.