From being an Eagle at Jacksboro Middle to being a Buccaneer at ETSU Jamey Chadwell had a great playing career. A chip off the old block, Jamey followed in his father Jim’s footsteps and went into the coaching profession. It turns out he is extremely good at it.
After multiple successful head coaching jobs Chadwell has earned possibly his biggest honor to date. he has been named the Big South Coach of the Year based on his outstanding first season as coach of the Buccaneers.
Chadwell’s squad started out 8-0 and eventually set the high water mark for wins at the school with 10. One of the biggest feathers in his hat is a win over 3 time national champion Appalachian State, one of the most successful football programs in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision of the NCAA.
Chadwell has a storied history at the school as he spent 5 years as an assistant on the staff and at one point was the team’s assistant head coach. He then went on to have head coaching jobs at both North Greeneville University and Delta State.
Chadwell is an alumni of Anderson County High School and East Tennessee, where he was starting quarterback in both instances. He graduated ETSU with a degree in business and economics. He later earned an MBA from Charleston Souther while serving as an assistant coach.
Chadwell is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award for National Coach of the Year.
The 2013 Cougar football team was a special bunch. They won more games in a single season than many people once saw in their 4 years at CCHS. They made it to the second round of the TSSAA playoffs which was previously uncharted waters. Now they have dominated the All-District list like no Cougar team has in the past. The Cougars had a dozen All-District selections and several other honors.
Justin Price was honored as Coach of the Year in the district. He and his staff coached the Cougars to a 9 win regular season and the school’s first ever playoff win.
Ethan Jeffers was named Offensive Player of the Year. He passed for over 3,000 yards and now owns virtually every record a quarterback can own at CCHS as a junior.
Nick Bailey was named Defensive Player of the Year. The senior linebacker led the team and most of East Tennessee in tackles all season long and was also a potent force on offense and special teams.
Senior Colton Irwin was named the Academic All- District Player of the Year.
By virtue of their player of the year honors both Bailey and Jeffers are also members of the All-District team. In addition to Jeffers and Phillips ten other Cougars made the All- District team. Corey Phillips, Andrew Evans, Paul Courdle, Trey Torres, Joseph Elkins, Patrick Wright, Preston Miller, Christian Monday, Isaac Ford and Gustavo Rosas all also made the list.
In addition Austin Raines, Spencer Roberts, and Anthony Manning were named honorable mentions All- District.