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2017-07-12 / Sports

Lauderdale is new head Bulldog

The Blount County Board of Education accepted the recommendation of Susan Moore High School principal Mike Stansberry and hired Heath Lauderdale as the school’s new head football coach at Monday’s special board meeting.

Lauderdale, 41, and a 1993 graduate of Hayden, comes to Susan Moore after working as an assistant coach at Ashville for the past five years. He was the defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014 and was the offensive coordinator for the last two years. He had previously served as an assistant at Cleveland. He has a bachelor’s degree in liberal science and physical education from Athens State University.

He replaces Ken Adams, who resigned in June and moved back to his native Mississippi. Adams took early retirement in Alabama and will be the new head coach at Hatley High School.

In two seasons at Susan Moore, Adams led the Bulldogs to a record of 6- 15.

After a promising first season in which Susan Moore finished 4-7 and lost to North Sand Mountain in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulldogs were decimated by injuries and fell to 2-8 in 2016.

“It really just all came together better than I ever could have hoped,” said Stansberry.

“The situation came up for Coach Adams in Mississippi and it was a tough decision for him but it was just too good to pass up.

“We had 62 applicants for the job and I interviewed six of those. Coach Lauderdale just seems like a perfect fit for us. He knows the game of football, obviously, but he knows the area and he knows our community. I really couldn’t be happier with the (hiring process) and we are looking forward to getting him in and letting him get started.”

Lauderdale and his wife, Sarah, have three children – Hannah, 15, Audrey, 13, and Colton, 9.

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