NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans announced Thursday that Mac McCurry, first-year head football coach of Marion County High School in Jasper has been named as the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for games played the week of Aug. 23-25.
The Marion County Warriors defeated Bledsoe County, 39-38, stopping a two point conversion attempt with less than a minute remaining in the game. This is the Warriors' second straight one-point win, giving them a record of 2-0, and more wins than their total number of victories last season.
"I hired Coach McCurry last year, and he has surpassed our expectations," said Marion County High Principal Larry Ziegler. "Coach (McCurry) is really getting things turned around. Our participation and morale are up, and the program has made a complete 180 (change)."
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Marion County High School football program in Coach McCurry's honor.
"High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee," said Adams. "That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character. I'm very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!"
Coach McCurry will be the team's guest at the Titans season finale versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 30th when the team will honor all 2012 Coach of the Week winners and announce the winner of the 2012 Coach of the Year. Coach McCurry is also eligible for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year award. Mr. Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the Titans Coach of the Year winner on that date.
George Quarles, whose Maryville team defeated Alcoa 42-24 in a nationally televised contest, and Anthony Crabtree, whose Beech team avenged a 20-point loss last season by defeating the defending 5A state champ Henry County 55-41, also received strong consideration.
Now in its 13th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $150,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week and Year winners.
The criteria for selection include the coach's impact on his team, school, community and emphasis on health and safety. A statewide media panel votes each week to determine the weekly winner. All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school's size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week. The program recognizes high school coaches who transform, through hard work and dedication, student athletes into the best possible football players, scholars and citizens in their community.