Coffee County Central athletics’ stay in District 6-AAA was a short-lived one.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) announced realignment last week that moves Coffee County to District 8-AAA in all sports.
If that sounds familiar, it should. All sports with the exception of football competed in District 8-AAA up until the TSSAA’s last realignment prior to the 2009-2010 school year.
“We are excited to renew some of our old foes,” said CHS head volleyball coach Andrew Taylor, who was the head Red Raider basketball coach when the basketball team competed in 8-AAA. The volleyball team’s last district championship came in the old district in 2007.
Teams joining Coffee County are Franklin County, Lincoln County, Shelbyville, Lawrence County, Columbia and cross-county rival Tullahoma.
The district itself is the same as the last realignment with the exception of Coffee County moving in.
Meanwhile, with Coffee County moving out, District 6-AAA picks up Rhea County and Stone Memorial.
Raider basketball coach Scott Givens has only known District 6-AAA since he arrived in Manchester and would rather stay.
“Moving will be a big challenge from a basketball standpoint,” said Givens. “District 8-AAA is a deeper and more athletic district. We are familiar with those teams because we already play them.
“My preference was to stay where we were at but we will adjust and make the best out of it.”
The move was all but sealed when Lincoln County announced it would have low enough school enrollment to drop football classification to 5-A, leaving 8-AAA with only one 6-A football school, Franklin County. Each AAA district is made up of 5A and 6A teams that split when the football playoffs arrive. Coffee County is 6A. All teams in the district are AAA in all other sports.
The move reignites old rivalries. Something athletic director Richard Skipper points to as a positive.
Read the complete story in this week’s (Nov. 21) print edition of the Manchester Times.