Central High School names former Mr. Football finalist as new head football coach – Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Central High School has named former assistant Cortney Braswell as its new head football coach. Braswell, 28, has been an assistant coach at seven Chattanooga-area programs, working as both an offensive and defensive coordinator in the past, including at Central two years ago.

“I’ve always wanted to be a head coach and I feel like every program, every other coach I’ve worked with through the years has helped prepare me for this,” Braswell said. “I’m so grateful that I get to coach in my hometown and it’s a privilege to be at Central, where I know the kids and what it will take for us to have a winning program.”

Braswell was a two-time all-state player and 2004 Mr. Football finalist at Baylor, where he was also a member of the Times Free Press’ Dynamite Dozen. By the end of his Red Raiders career he held the records for single-game rushing yards and was the program’s career rushing and scoring leader as well. He went on to play collegiately at Liberty University and began his high school coaching career at Ringgold as the defensive backs coach.

Braswell then worked as the defensive coordinator at Soddy-Daisy, East Ridge and North Murray and was the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame. In Braswell’s one season as the defensive coordinator at Central (2014),the Purple Pounders had their first winning season in six years and the defense held opponents without a touchdown in four games and allowed an average of just 17 points per game. Braswell was named the District 6-AA Coach of the Year that season.

Last year Braswell, became the defensive coordinator at Bradley Central, helping the Bears reach the Class 6A playoffs.

“We had a lot of applicants, which was great to have so much interest in Central football, but what stood out about Cortney was his knowledge of the game and his ability to build and develop relationships,” Central athletic director Steve Lewis said. “Plus he coached here just a couple of years ago and did a great job in his time here. The kids were willing to go to war for him because of the relationship he had with them. We need that here.

“We have all the confidence in the world in Cortney and are excited to see what he can do here for years to come.”

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