KNOXVILLE (WATE) — After a two-year hiatus as head coach in East Tennessee, Brad Taylor is back where he belongs.
“Taking a year off was nice,” Taylor says. “But you kind of know that you want to get back and do that again.”
So just two years after resigning as the head coach at Bearden—his alma mater, Taylor will be patrolling the sidelines this fall for the Karns Beavers, eager to be a head coach again after a year as an assistant at South-Doyle. But in taking over a team that’s won just five games in the past four seasons, the new ball coach know he has his work cut out for him.
“There’s no magic pill.. there’s no secret that I have,” Taylor says. “The key here, you put in the hard work, hopefully you have a good scheme. It’s gonna take some time, and they need consistency.”
Taylor is the fourth head coach at Karns since 2012, but after six playoff appearances in seven seasons at Bearden, he’s looking to transfer that stability and success to his new team.
“It brings our confidence level up because he’s been a good coach for other teams,” junior linebacker Landon Kelly says.
“Knowing that the man leading you has won before and is a proven leader,” senior Sam Frazier begins. “That will really bring toughness to us.”
Tasked with turning around a down on its luck program is never easy, but Taylor’s up for the challenge.
“When you get out on the practice field man, it’s awesome,” Taylor says with a grin. “I’m excited to be back out here having fun, and hopefully we do things right, and that makes a difference in young men’s lives.”