Randolph named Cornersville football coach
Cornersville High School concluded a relatively quick search for its next head football coach when they selected Gerard Randolph to lead their program last week.
Randolph has been the head coach of the boys' basketball program at Cornersville for the last three years, but cited a desire to coach football again after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at CHS and Marshall County High School from 2009 to 2011.
"I had an interest in getting back on the sideline. I've had that interest for a year or two. A lot of people are supporting me here and it's an opportunity to be a head coach at this level, which is what you strive to do," said Randolph.
Back to gridiron
Having witnessed Randolph's coaching ability firsthand, Cornersville principal Brent Adcox believed he was the best fit for the program because of his ability to connect with his players.
"I knew that Gerard's first love was football and I knew that he missed it," said Adcox. "The kids play hard for him in basketball and I think they'll do the same for him in football. He's done a good job of getting kids out for basketball. Gerard is intense and I think the kids gravitate to him because of that. He also genuinely cares about the kids too."
Although the Bulldogs only return a handful of starters from a squad that finished 3-7 this past season, Randolph anticipates a number of talented young players to enter the program after watching Cornersville Middle School post a stellar 14-1 record over the last two years.
"Knowing that there is some talent coming up and how these kids are competing against other teams made the decision easier," said Randolph. "I think the future is going to be bright here and I want to be a part of that."
A 1995 graduate of Giles County High School, Randolph was a standout on the gridiron there and started three years for the Bobcats at fullback and cornerback.
Randolph then played two years of football at Middle Tennessee State University during the 1997 and 1998 seasons before deciding to pursue a coaching career over a decade later.
After serving as a running backs and linebackers coach at Marshall County during the 2009 season, Randolph spent a year at Cornersville before returning to MCHS for the 2011 campaign, which saw the Tigers post a 9-4 record and advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs.
While this is his first opportunity at being a head coach in football, Randolph has already started seeking the advice of some of his former mentors and believes the three years that he served as Cornersville's basketball coach will make the transition easier.
"I've started talking to some of the former coaches that I've been around to gain some insight into how they run their programs," said Randolph. "Being able to run my own program the last three years has helped too because I've had to make decisions on how I want things done."
Randolph will then step down as boys' basketball coach at CHS at the conclusion of the season, but will likely still coach Cornersville Middle School's basketball team during the next school year.