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Pressley resigns at Volunteer, McMillan becomes interim

Tanner Cook • Jan 9, 2020 at 11:29 AM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School announced Thursday morning that head football coach Justin Pressley has resigned from his position.

Pressley, a native of Kingston, has accepted the head coaching job at Carter High School in Strawberry Plains. He leaves on good terms, according to Volunteer athletic director Jim Whalen.

“I’m thankful to Jim Whalen and the Volunteer administration for the privilege to lead such great young men. Something great is happening at Volunteer with all athletic programs, and it will be exciting to see their future success,” Pressley said. “We are leaving a group of amazing kids behind in Volunteer who we will miss dearly. The Church Hill community will hold a special place in our hearts, and it was amazing to build and grow the Volunteer football culture over the past two years.”

Pressley went 7-14 in two years in Church Hill, but he took over a team that went 0-10 in 2017 and had not won a region contest since 2016.

The first Region 1-5A win came this season in the season finale at Cocke County, 35-12.

Pressley was also victorious in the CAREacter Star Athlete game over Cosby 41-0 to cap off the 2018 season.

Jesse McMillan will take over as the interim head coach while a search is conducted over the coming months. McMillan will also be considered as one of the candidates.

“My wife and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the Carter football program,” Pressley said. “The chance to lead a program with a rich athletic tradition and be near our entire family is one we could not pass up.

“The Carter administration has been wonderful throughout this process. Mrs. Messer has an elite vision for the school both academically and athletically. We are thrilled to be Hornets and we can’t wait to get started,” he added.

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