Former Powell coach joins Carson-Newman staff

Former Powell coach joins Carson-Newman staff


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Four months after resigning at Powell High School, former Panther head coach Derek Rang has joined the staff at Carson-Newman.

Rang coached for one season at Powell, but quit his position with the school in March after being accused of leaving his post while monitoring a student exam.

He is joining Carson-Newman as a graduate assistant in charge of receivers.

"Derek has a long history of proving himself," Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks said in a release on Monday.

"He comes highly recommended by coaching staffs at Maryville high school and college, at Knoxville West and the folks that worked with him at Powell.  To me that outweighs the fact that he made a mistake."

In 2012, Rang led Powell to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the Class 5-A state semifinal game.

"I'm thankful for Coach Sparks for giving me the opportunity," Rang said. "It supports the core values that I believe in.  I'm just ready to help develop kids to be better men in the world today.

"Spiritually, this program isn't about wins and losses; it's about the growth of the individual.  As they go on in their life path, I want to instill in them Christian principles that help them along the way."


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