Denton steps down as Cornersville football coach

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
John Denton (middle) stepped down as Cornersville High School's head football coach to accept a position on Marshall County High School's coaching staff. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After leading Cornersville High School's football program the last two seasons, John Denton officially stepped down as the head coach of the Bulldogs last week in order to accept a position on Marshall County High School's coaching staff.

Denton joins a veteran staff at Marshall County that was able to quickly resurrect the Tigers' program under head coach Thomas Osteen, who posted an 8-3 record in his first year at MCHS.

Moving up

"It was an opportunity to move up classification wise and it was an opportunity to work with a high character coach such as coach Osteen," said Denton.

While Denton has not been assigned a specific role on Marshall County's staff yet, Osteen believes that he will be another asset in the Tigers' program.

"I think he is a great addition to our staff. He's got a lot of experience and has been a head coach the last few years," said Osteen. "He should be able to help me in whatever capacity possible. He doesn't have a defined role on the staff right now, but we'll figure that out later. He should be a big help for us."

Two seasons

Having taught at Cornersville for eight years overall, Denton posted a 9-12 record in his two seasons as the Bulldogs' head coach.

In Denton's first season as head coach, the Bulldogs finished with a 6-5 mark and reached the Class A playoffs for the first time in three years while posting their first winning record on the gridiron in nearly two decades.

With several starters returning on both sides of the ball, Cornersville was hoping for similar results during the 2014 campaign, but the Bulldogs saw injuries and a lack of depth derail their season en route to posting a 3-7 record.

Prior to becoming CHS's head coach, Denton served as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach for four years while also working as an assistant coach on Cornersville Middle School's staff for two other seasons.

Looking back

Although he is leaving the place where he started his coaching career, Denton had a positive experience working in the Bulldogs' program for the last eight years.

"I'm very happy I was able to leave Cornersville on good terms. I was upfront and honest with the players the whole time while I was trying to make this decision. The people at Cornersville have been very supportive of me and know it's a professional move not a personal one," said Denton. "I enjoyed every second I was there and it was a tough decision to make. It took me a long time to make it."

Denton had notified Cornersville's administration about the possibility of his departure in the weeks leading up to his decision, which has allowed CHS to line up potential candidates for his successor.