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“I am very excited to be here in Coffee County,” stated Whitlock. “The Red Raiders have built a proud tradition of success with their baseball program, and we are going to continue to build on that success.”
Whitlock met with the baseball team Tuesday afternoon and was introduced to the public at a meeting in the CHS cafeteria Tuesday night.
Whitlock mentioned that his coaching philosophy was centered around hard work and doing the right things on and off the field.
“We are proud to have Coach Whitlock as part of the Red Raider family,” stated CHS Athletic Director Richard Skipper. “He blew us away in the interview and the baseball program will continue to be successful under his leadership.”
Whitlock, a Morrison native, is a member of the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association. His resume includes stints at Warren County Middle School as head coach from 2004-2008 and Riverdale High School as an assistant from 2009-2012.
During his tenure at Riverdale, Whitlock had the opportunity to coach All-American Jonathan King.
“I learned a lot from Jonathan concerning work ethic, and hopefully he learned something from me as well.”
Whitlock was chosen out of 23 candidates, including Hal Pass, Will Caster, Ryan Henry, David Martin, Ryan Townsend, Thomas Blumett, Preston Potter, Daniel Wiggs, Tracy Sloan, Benjamin Spurlock, Shannon Cunningham, Christopher Fox, Danny Fish, Matthew Niggler, Cade Ruehling, Dan Dufflied, Brent Patterson, Brandon Jackson, Larry Miller and Stephen Roberts, Jr.
Whitlock replaces Chase Jones, who resigned August 1, and was named the head baseball coach at Grundy County High School Thursday.
Jones led the Raiders to six district championships, one region title and a state tournament berth in his 10 years with the Raiders – which began in 2002. The baseball team reached the state tournament for the first time in program history in 2010.
For the complete story, check out this week’s print edition of the Manchester Times.