Pitts named new MCHS football coach

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Marshall County High School principal Keith Stacey (left) introduces Aaron Pitts (right) as MCHS' new head football coach on Thursday afternoon at the Marshall County superintendent's office. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Marshall County High School found the new leader of their football program on Thursday afternoon when Aaron Pitts was officially named the head coach of the Tigers.

Having served as an assistant coach at MCHS from 2007-09, Pitts had taken over as Stratford High School's head coach this past semester, but applied for the job at Marshall County because he enjoyed his first stint with the Tigers.

"It just feels like home. I fit here and feel at home here," said Pitts. "There's a comfort level because I still know some of the guys when I was here before and have kept in touch with some of them."

Pitts was selected from a pool of 27 applicants and his hiring ends a four-week search to replace departed coach Tom Turchetta, who posted a 13-11 record in two seasons at Marshall County.

"I think we have hired a very high quality man. He's a man of high stand up character and morals. That's important because of the impact he'll have on our young people and players," said MCHS principal Keith Stacey. "He'll serve as a good role model for our students. We coached together for three years so I can attest that he is a stand up individual. I think he'll do a good job for us."

Entering his first season as a head coach, Pitts inherits a Tiger squad that returns a number of starters from last year's team that posted a 9-4 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs. Although he eventually plans to put his own stamp on the program, Pitts does not intend to completely overhaul Marshall County's offensive and defensive schemes once he takes over.

"It would be foolish to try and destroy what they did so we're just going to build on what they've done the last two years. I've seen them on film and am excited about what they can do. Marshall County is known for having talent and I think we can win here. That's how coach (Don) Thomas originally got me here," said Pitts. "We're going to do things the right way. We are going to play with character whether we win or lose and are going to be disciplined off the field too."

A native of Silver Creek, Mississippi, Pitts played defensive back at Middle Tennessee State University from 2002-04 after spending a year at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Upon graduating from MTSU, Pitts served as a volunteer assistant coach at LaVergne in 2005 while working at Fed Ex. He then spent one season on the coaching staff at Mount Juliet Christian Academy in 2006 before becoming an assistant coach at Marshall County High School.

During his first stint at MCHS, Pitts coached the Tiger defensive backs, receivers and quarterbacks and also served as Marshall County's offensive coordinator during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

He then worked as the offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Warren County the last two seasons before being named head coach at Stratford this past semester.

Coach Pitts and his wife Ester have three children Ezra, Elijah, and Aaron.