By JIM WOGAN6 Sports Director
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Brad Taylor has stepped down as Bearden's head football coach.
"I have thought about this for a while," Taylor told 6 Sports on Thursday. "It is a personal decision for me."
Taylor is a former Bearden player and took over as head coach in 2007 after spending two different stints there as an assistant coach.
Taylor said he informed the school of his decision on Thursday morning and then met with his team to tell them.
"We've had a lot of success here but that '07 team was extra special and very talented," said Taylor. "We lost a heartbreaker to Smyrna in the state semifinals. I will always remember that."
Taylor also coached his share of future college players-- including current Vol Devrin Young.
"He was a human highlight reel in high school. He was a lot of fun to coach."
Taylor, 37, indicated he may return to coaching someday, but said he will savor time with his family.
"We will enjoy the break for a while. I don't have a crystal ball. I am young and who knows, but right now I am going to enjoy my time."