After a few years out of the head coaching game, former Campbell County County Cougar Rodney Ellison is looking to rejoin the ranks of East Tennessee high school head coaches. This time at a familiar spot, Clinton High School.
Ellison was the offense coordinator and later QB coach of the Dragons from 2012-2014. He took the Dragon OC position after helping to rebuild Wartburg High as OC and later head coach.
As Coach Dan Shoemaker’s OC and then Wartburg Head Coach he helped lead the best Bulldog seasons –including a 9-3 season and back to back playoffs — in decades before leaving for a job in a neighboring school system. The Bulldogs have struggled to reach .500 since Ellison departed.
Clinton won 7 games Ellison’s final year as OC with the Dragons and they averaged 33 points per game. Ellison then took over a Powell team in shambles. He began the rebuild there, improving from 1-9 to 5-5 in his 3rd year.
Powell then chose to bring back Matt Lowe, who had left the Panthers for Kings Academy. Ellison moved on with a year at Catholic and a year at Oak Ridge, working under state championship coaches and honing his football knowledge.
Ellison has expressed interest in returning to the Dragons and the Dragons would be fortunate to land him. His teams put constant pressure on a defense and he connects well with his players. His quarterbacks set a slew of school records at both Wartburg and Clinton. Clinton would likely move out of the basement in a hurry under Ellison. He is a proven rebuilder of programs and his teams generate excitement each time out.