Former Wilson Central assistant --
MT. JULIET -- Smyrna native Josh Crouch has accepted an offer to become the head football coach at Wilson County's newest high school -- Green Hill.
"Coach Crouch has a student-centered approach, which will serve to develop well-rounded student-athletes and a football program our community will be proud to support," said GHHS principal Kevin Dawson, Ed.S.
"His focus on relationship building, academic accountability, and athlete development align seamlessly to the vision of Green Hill High School."
Green Hill will be Wilson County's fifth public high school when it opens this fall.
"I am extremely excited and humbled to accept the head coaching position at Green Hill High School," Crouch said Monday morning.
"I want to thank Dr. Donna Wright and Mr. Dawson for trusting me with this once in a lifetime opportunity. I promise to lead this school in a way in which our county, community, parents, students, faculty and staff can be proud of."
A graduate of Smyrna High School, Crouch was a wide receiver at Cumberland University under former coach Dewayne Alexander.
At Cumberland, Crouch started 40 games over four seasons, was voted team captain and caught 83 passes for 1,194 yards (14.3 per reception) and five touchdowns. He also returned punts and kickoffs.
Prior to his time at Cumberland, Crouch played football at Smyrna and helped the Bulldogs win Class 5A state championships in 2006 (13-2) and 2007 (12-3).
After graduating from Cumberland, he went on to coach wide receivers at Ezell-Harding in 2011 as a non-faculty assistant before being hired as an assistant at Wilson Central High under Brad Dedman.
During six seasons on the staff at Wilson Central Crouch coached on both sides of the football as well as serving as special teams coordinator and two seasons as the head coach of the ninth grade team.
One of his special teams proteges was All-State kicker Adam Williams who went on to punt at the University of Memphis.
He worked as Dedman's defensive coordinator at Wilson Central before leaving after the 2017 season to take a position at St. George's Independent School in Memphis.
For the past two years, Crouch has worked as the defensive coordinator and as an administrator with the St. George's athletic department.