Providence Christian Academy has hired Lebron Ferguson as it new football coach, and the private school will begin playing eight-man varsity football in 2020.
Ferguson, who has 27 years of experience, is a former Oakland High School assistant (1996-2003 and head coach (2004-2007).
He most recently worked at FRA in Nashville where he served as a coach and geography teacher. During his 12 years at FRA, he was the Athletic Director in charge of middle school football, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
"We're excited about it," Ferguson said. "I guess it was probably a year or so ago I was talking with Mark Burke and they've been doing eight-man football since 2015, and Mark felt like they could make the move. He asked me if I would be interested and I said yes.
"My work life is in Nashville, but I live in this community and believe in this community. I've always thought if they made the move it would a great opportunity for a lot of people. In this community, they don't have a lot of options. The only other one is Middle Tennessee Christian School."
PCA Athletic Director Tara James said Ferguson is an ideal fit for the school.
"I think his knowledge, coupled with the fact he is well known Rutherford County and having Mark Burke alongside, Lebron's the guy to build this program," she said. "He's a great teacher and spiritual leader and I'll have some help. He's the middle school AD at FRA, and I need help with all the growth we've had. Eight-man football is part of our building block, with the goal being 11-man and TSSAA football in the future. Growth will dictate that, but with the growth we've had so far I definitely see it happening."
Ferguson will also be joining PCA as a Logic School and Upper School history teacher.
Ferguson and his wife, Martha, live in Murfreesboro and attend World Outreach Church.