Lowery tabbed as new Warrior football coach
By Tammy Wilhite | January 27, 2016 9:47 am
Over the last 30 years, the White County High School football team has had 10 different head football coaches and one of the biggest concerns during that time period has been that the program could get no consistency because there was no longevity at the helm.
The longest stay during that time period was five years and the shortest was one season. A lot of fans of the program felt that a local person could remedy that problem.
When the new Warrior football coach was announced to the team on Wednesday, that concern was answered.
Jerry Lowery, a lifelong resident of White County, was introduced as the newest head coach of the Warrior football team.
Lowery has been a part of the White County school system for a great deal of his life. A 1976 graduate of White County High School, Lowery wore the maroon and gray uniform of the Warrior football team playing for Coach Dee Harris. Both sons, Josh and Caleb, played for the Warriors and he has also coached in the Warrior program at both the middle school and the high school. His wife, Tracey, is also a WCHS graduate and is the librarian at White County Middle School. She was a Warrior cheerleader during her high school days.
As Lowery assumes the reins of the team, he will be the first WCHS graduate to be the head coach of the Warriors since Donnie Farley, who was head mentor of the program from 1980-85.
Lowery, who has been assistant principal at WCHS since 2002 and has been an assistant football coach for several of those years, commented on his new position, “Words cannot express the gratitude in my heart to be able to be a part of the White County Football program by being given the chance to lead this fine group of student athletes. I look forward with excitement to be a part of this team.”
WCHS principal, Grant Swallows noted, “Today is a good day for White County High School and our football program. When we talked back in November, I stated that we needed someone committed to the program and community. I believe that we have found that in one of our own. Jerry Lowery has given many years of his life to this school system and coaching football at all different levels. He knows what it means to wear the maroon and gray, he knows our traditions, he knows our kids, and most of all he knows how to lead. Our student athletes will benefit greatly from his leadership.”
“As the committee worked through the applicants and then interviewed,” Swallows continued, “Coach Lowery continually came to the top because of his passion for this school and the players. It was exciting to listen to him talk about it. I am positive that he will pour himself into the lives of our players and into the program. No one will outwork him.”
As noted earlier, Lowery graduated from WCHS in 1976 and served in the military after graduation.
Lowery graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1989 and started his career in education at White County Middle School. He taught science and, after serving one year as assistant football coach, became head coach.
Thus began his career in education and also coaching. Since that time, he has coached football 16 years either at the high school or middle school level. He has also coached basketball at the middle school level and won a state title with the WCMS basketball team back in 1999.
The coaching position became open when Matthan Houser, who had been the head coach of the Warriors for four seasons, stepped down at the conclusion of this past season. Houser guided WCHS to a 17-25 mark during his tenure. Three of those years were in District 6AAA. The Warriors, who went 2-8 in 2015, were moved into Region 4-5A at the start of last season.
The search for the new head coach began in early December and has culminated with the naming of Lowery on Wednesday.
Swallows continued, “Hiring a coach is always difficult because everyone always has a favorite and there were several favorites who are disappointed. The goal is to identify the person that best meets the needs of the program. I am happy to say that I am confident in Coach Lowery as we move forward in continuing to build a program of which we are all proud.”
Lowery commented on getting started, “Although X’s and O’s are a vital part of the game, the time, the dedication and the work that is required to be successful often go unnoticed. Our focus early is to continue getting in shape mentally and physically. We will start in the weight room and on the chalk board. Time is moving fast and it’s time we get to work. Go Warriors!”