Information from WYSH Radio
Randy McKamey, who once coached at Clinton Middle School, is leaving Grace Christian Academy to coach football at his alma mater, Clinton High School.
Clinton High School Athletic Director Brad Collette announced the decision last week.
Collette said that McKamey was offered the job on Monday and accepted. He met with his Grace Christian players to inform them of his decision.
McKamey once coached at Clinton Middle School, but he has spent the last 10 years at Grace Christian, compiling an 89-32 record and making the playoffs nine times, including this season, when the Rams finished 6-6 and lost in the second round to Happy Valley. His Rams appeared in three state semifinals, won seven region championships, and went unbeaten in the regular season twice, including in 2011, when the program was serving a two-year playoff ban handed down by the TSSAA.
The Dragons are coming off a 1-9 season that saw them miss the postseason for the first time since 2013. Dragons Coach Josh Kerr resigned after the disappointing season. He had an 18-44 overall record after six years.
McKamey deserves a lot of credit for not only building the Grace Christian football program on the field but also deserves credit for helping (literally) build the entire athletic program off the field. McKamey, who is also a licensed general contractor, played key roles in Grace becoming the first Knox County school—private or public—to install a synthetic turf football playing surface back in 2012 as well as in the construction of Grace’s Upper School and the installation of a synthetic turf infield at the school. He also was instrumental in the creation of a recently-opened 13,000 square foot multi-sport athletic facility at Grace, which is similar to an effort currently underway at Clinton to build a a multi-use complex on campus where athletic teams and other student groups could meet and/or practice.
At his alma mater, McKamey inherits a team that has had only three winning seasons since 1998.
The search for Kerr’s replacement attracted interest from inside and outside the state, including from as far away as Arizona.
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