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East H.S. names new head football coach

     Morristown East High School defensive coordinator Dewayne Wells has been named the 11th head football coach in school history.  Wells succeeds Dwayne Hatcher who resigned after eight seasons, reportedly to pursue other coaching/teaching opportunities in Georgia.

     Wells, who was hired by Hatcher prior to the 2012 season, fulfills school administrative desires that the next coach have prior head coaching experience.  Wells led the Campbell County High School football program from 2001-10.  He was let go following a 1-9 season in 2010.  His overall record with the Cougars was 29-74.

     He inherited a football program in LaFollette, TN, that had never earned a playoff appearance.  After successive 1-9 seasons in 2001 and 2002, the Cougars went 3-7 in 2003.  The following year, Wells led Campbell County to its first ever playoff trip and a 7-4 record.  It would be the only winning team during his decade-long tenure. 

     The team would return to the playoffs in 2007 and 2008.  The program did not achieve its first playoff win in school history until 2013's surprising 10-2 campaign.  The Cougars rugged conference consists of annual East Tennessee powers Knox Powell, Anderson County and Oak Ridge.

      Wells is a 1978 graduate of Campbell County High School and has spent nearly 30 years as a football coach on the high school and collegiate levels.  As coordinator in 2013, he led a re-invigorated Hurricanes defense that helped propel the team to a 10-2 record and a playoff victory over Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett.  The defense returns all but a handful of starters in 2014.

     Wells is scheduled to meet with the team Monday morning at 8 a.m.  Spring practice begins April 28.

     Other candidates who are believed to have interviewed for the vacant coaching position include former Hurricanes defensive coordinator and All-State LB Billy Seals and former University of Tennessee LB Nick Reveiz.