Ray Stocstill will swap Friday nights in Cornersville for Saturday afternoons in Knoxville.
The longtime football coach at the Marshall County school confirmed his resignation Tuesday, closing an eight-year stay in his second stint.
"My son is a freshman at UT, and I want to be able to go see him play," said Stocstill, 65. "I'm going to step back and coach the middle school so I'll have Fridays and Saturdays to go see him play." Joe Stocstill is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound freshman walk-on quarterback for the Volunteers. Joe suffered a knee injury prior to his senior year at Cornersville and did not play. "He worked so hard to get back, but he never played a single down," Stocstill said. "But I'll be there if he plays or if he's on the sidelines. He dressed for four or five games last year." Cornersville finished 3-7 this past year, giving Stocstill a 27-56 record over eight years. He previously coached at the school from 1988-94 and was 26-46. "I doubt I'll get back into the high school end of (coaching)," he said. "I imagine I'll coach middle school a few years and slide out the door." Other current Midstate football coaching vacancies are at Spring Hill (Jason Scharsch), Independence (Kevin Dyson), Goodpasture (David Martin), Cookeville (Scott Cook), Forrest (Joe Moos) and Whites Creek (Scott Murray).