Cougar Basketball has a new coach and his name is Ernie “Mac” Clawson.

Clawson is a 1995 graduate of Powell Valley High School and Lincoln Memorial University. He started his coaching career at his alma mater while still studying at LMU. His first head coaching job was with the Eagles of H.Y. Livesay where he took the team to the TMSAA championship game in 2007 finishing as the runner up. In 2011 he moved on to Cumberland Gap High School where he set records for most wins in the history of the school and won a district title>

He will be joined by his younger brother Brandon Clawson who will serve as his assistant coach.