Matthan Houser has been working toward being a head football coach, now he has that opportunity as he has been hired as the new head football coach at White County.
Houser, 31 replaces Tracy Malone who went 11-21 in three seasons at White County and resigned after the season.
The Warriors made the Class 5A playoffs in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons and barely missed last season with a 5-5 record.
White County will go into the 2012 season on a four game winning streak having won their last four games of the 2011 season.
“I am thrilled to have someone the caliber of Coach Houser to come into the White County High School family first as an educator and secondly as the head of our football program,” White County principal Grant Swallows said. “He brings so much to our school in terms of experience and leadership.”
Houser had been coaching at Cookeville High school the last three years and coached at Jackson County and Livingston Academy as well.
“The situation was a good fit all the way around,” Houser told the Herald Citizen. “White County has a great administration, they’ve got good community support, they’ve got a lot of tradition with their football program, and that’s something we’re going to try to build upon. With the class being open, it was something else that was interesting getting to start the program there. There were just a lot of positives all the way around.”
Houser played his high school football at Livingston Academy along with Swallows before heading to play Ivy League football at Dartmouth.
After graduation, Houser got his first coaching job at Jackson County where he was the defensive coordinator for the 2006 season.
Houser then joined Swallows as the offensive coordinator for Livingston Academy in 2007 before going to Cookeville to join Jerry Joslin’s staff as wide receivers coach.
“It’s been a goal of Matthan to become a head coach for quite a long time,” Cookeville head coach Jerry Joslin said. “I think he will work hard at this job like any head-coaching position requires and I wish him the best.”
Thompson Joins Belew as Decommitment
Brentwood Academy wide receiver Al Thompson is the latest Tennessee player to decommit from a school because of a coaching change.
Thompson who committed to Arizona State when Dennis Erickson was the coach chose the Sun Devils because of the pass happy wide open offense.
But since Erickson was fired and ASU hired Todd Graham away from Pittsburgh, Thompson has decided to reopen his recruitment.
The 6-2, 175 pound Thompson has offers from Middle Tennessee State, Tulane, UAB and Western Kentucky.
Columbia wide receiver/defensive back Eric Belew who recently opened up his recruitment after decommitting to Memphis after Larry Porter was fired is being recruited hard by Tennessee Tech and Wofford.
Although Memphis East cornerback Will Redmond is committed to Mississippi State, he is keeping his options open.
Redmond (6-0, 180) has already made a visit to Georgia, is thinking about trips to Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
He also will visit Mississippi State on January 13th and is still trying to set up a visit to Notre Dame.
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