by S. Purdom
Keith Hodge Named Murray High School Football Coach
Murray, Ky., Feb. 20-----Keith Hodge was named the new head coach of the Murray High School Football Tigers during a special-called press conference at Murray High School.
Currently the Dresden High School Football Coach, Hodge received his bachelor's degree in Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin and his master of arts in administration from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.
Hodge said he is honored and proud to be named the new head football coach at Murray High School. “I look forward to working with the current coaching staff and administration towards the goals we will set forth as a program and also very excited about this community and football players who are passionate about being successful on and off the field.”
Named the 2012 Northwest Tennessee Coach of the Year, Hodge has a win loss record of 18-6 as head coach, a District Championship title, a 2012 fourth round playoff appearance and a 2013 second round playoff appearance with two all-state players named.
Hodge began as assistant football coach in 2009 and was named head football coach at Dresden in 2012. As head coach, Hodge organizes practices, oversees budget, seven assistant coaches and supervises their weight program.
During his six years as assistant coach at Dresden High School and McMinn County High School in Athens, Tenn., Hodge was part of a coaching staff that had a 48-22 record while claiming a 2011 State Championship Appearance and four football members were named All State Players that year.
Over Hodge's eight year coaching career he is credited with developing three All-State Quarterbacks, and nine players who went on to play collegiate football in his five years as Dresden's Football coach.
Teresa Speed, MHS principal, said she is looking forward to adding Hodge to the MHS Tiger Football Program. "I am looking forward to working with Keith. He will be a great addition to the Tiger coaching staff. Keith brings a tradition of strong winning football work ethic, and a love for young men to develop them into excellent citizens and prepare them for life after high school, and the many challenges they will face in life."
Hodge and his wife, Ashley, an occupational therapist at Henry County hospital, have a daughter, Elle Hodge, 20 months old.