Rockvale football hires Brian Guthrie as head coach


Rockvale built a football staff around its first coach, Rick Rice, when the school opened in 2019.

In hiring its next coach, the school did the reverse, hiring a coach who matched the highly regarded staff.

Brian Guthrie, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant for the Rockets, was named the team’s second head coach Friday.

“We have a lot of really good coaches that we were strategically able to hire when we opened, and we added (Guthrie) last year,” Rockvale principal Steve Luker said. “We were strategic in hiring those guys to fit (Rice). Now we have the staff we needed to match the head coach to the staff.

“Coach Guthrie knows the framework, knows the community and the players and parents. It’s a good choice for all of those reasons.”

Guthrie replaces Rice, who resigned earlier this month to take the coaching position at Summertown.

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Rockvale players enter the field before a 2021 game.

He’s no stranger to Rutherford County football. He spent the previous 15 seasons at Siegel before coming to Rockvale to coach the offensive line. He has also coached at La Vergne and Christiana Middle.

“I’m super excited. … I love it here,” Guthrie said. “The administration has been really good to me since I’ve been here, and our staff is top notch. We’re all real close, which is a big reason I wanted the job. I wanted to keep all of us together. We have great kids here.”


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