Middle Tennessee Christian football coach Fred Shambaugh has resigned and will take another position at Dallas Christian in Mesquite, Texas.
"It's a great opportunity for our family," said Shambaugh, who has four children. "I loved my six years at MTCS. They were great years, but I'm really at peace with this decision. It's a good job.
"At MTCS we've always had a handful of superstar athletes, but a lot of our wins are because we had average athletes playing at max potential. My first year here we won the district and our left tackles was 150 pounds. We got a lot of mileage out of kids who played hard."
Shambaugh had a 42-25 record at MTCS and led the Cougars to their first trip to the TSSAA state quarterfinals. This past season, senior tailback Kemari McGowan became the program's first-ever Mr. Football winner.
“We thank Coach Shambaugh for his valued leadership on the field, in the classroom, and as a spiritual leader in our community, and we wish him and his family continued success in their future endeavors," MTCS President Matt Tiller said. "While Coach Shambaugh will be greatly missed, we are confident God will provide the right individual to build on our current tradition of excellence and take MTCS Football to the next level.”
“Our MTCS community will miss coach Shambaugh and his family. He is a wonderful classroom teacher, a Christian example to our students, and he successfully led our football program through our transition into TSSAA Division II," said Dr. Robert Sain, MTCS Secondary Principal.
An immediate search for the next coach of the MTCS football program has begun. Offensive coordinator BJ Robertson will serve as interim head coach. He has been a member of the Cougar coaching staff for three seasons.
“It has been an honor serving the families that make up the MTCS community," Shambaugh said. "I've always said the strength of MTCS is the amazing people it brings together. My family will cherish those relationships forever.”