WHITWELL, Tenn.–The Sequatchie Valley almost went a year without a head coaching change.
Monday night, now-former Whitwell coach Tracy Malone resigned from the position after only being at the helm for one season in Tiger Town.
“After discussing it with my wife and thinking about it since football ended, I have resigned,” Malone said via Facebook. “Simply put, it was not the right fit. To everybody who has been apart of this ride with me, I say thank you for your support.”
Malone had above average success in 2016 but cited personal reasons for leaving the program.
“Living in Chattanooga and commuting everyday was taking a toll on my family,” Malone said. “I have a tremendous opportunity to grow in real estate, and it’s an opportunity I can’t pass up.”
The Tigers finished 6-6 with close losses to Division II power Davidson Academy early in the season and Columbia Academy in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs. Only South Pittsburg finished higher in the standings in Region 3-1A.
For Whitwell, they’ll be looking for their 9th head coach in 14 years. Malone took over the reigns this past season from R.C. Helton who only coached for two years, stockpiling nearly-identical records. The Tigers have made the playoffs three years in a row and have been to the second round twice in that span.
In the past two seasons, the Sequatchie Valley has experienced a head coaching change at every program. Whitwell is the first in that span to change head coaches twice.