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Maryville, TN ------- Maryville City Schools is excited to announce the appointment of Derek Hunt as the new head varsity football coach. Hunt is a 2007 graduate of Maryville High School, winning state titles in both football and basketball. Mr. Hunt is a graduate of Maryville College, where he also played football. He currently teaches 7th grade math at Montgomery Ridge Intermediate, but will be on the faculty at Maryville High School for the 2017-18 school year.


In a statement received from MHS Principal Greg Roach, “Our goal is to continue the long tradition of success for our football program – a record marked with outstanding results both on and off the field. Derek is the best person, at this time, to carry this legacy program into the future. While he is young in years, his wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership abilities should offer us the greatest potential for a seamless transition. I agree with a quote in the local paper in early 2015, which stated that time works on Hunt’s side. He isn’t far from his championship playing days at Maryville. But in the same breath, he’s far enough along in his coaching career to command respect.”


Dr. Mike Winstead, Director of Maryville Schools said, “I am excited to have Derek Hunt as the next head football coach at MHS. Coach Hunt has been a big part of our incredibly successful football program for many years, both as a player and coach. He is a natural leader, innovator, and hard worker. His energy and commitment are exactly what we need as we move forward. It is our good fortune that the strength and readiness of our coaching staff allowed us to quickly fill this position.”


In a quote received from Coach Hunt, he said, “It has been my great privilege and honor to work beside George Quarles for the past seven seasons at MHS. I am humbled to accept this position and look forward to continuing to work with our excellent coaching staff to offer the best possible high school football experience for students, fans, and our community. Go Rebels!”


Derek Hunt graduated from Maryville High School in 2007 and has coached both football and basketball at MHS. Hunt is married to Sam Houston Elementary kindergarten teacher Jessica Hunt. They have one young son. Hunt will be taking the position vacated by longtime head coach George Quarles, who is leaving MHS for a coaching job at Furman University. Hunt’s new coaching duties will begin immediately.




1.     Dr. Mike Winstead, Director of Schools. (865) 982-7121.

2.     Greg Roach, MHS Principal. (865) 982-1132

3.     Derek Hunt, MHS Head Football Coach.  (865) 982-7121


Sharon Anglim