Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dykes named Big Red coach
Cocke County High announced Tuesday that it has recruited a has a new head football coach. Scotty Dykes was a wide receiver and defensive back for the Fighting Cocks and he also was a forward on the school's basketball team during his high school years. He is a 1989 graduate of the school and was Player of the Year his senior year. Dykes went on to play at ETSU where he was team MVP and pre-season All American. He then played football for some time in the Canadian Football League before joining State Farm insurance. He has had his own insurance agency in Roane County since 2000, and will continue with that endeavor. Dykes only tie to the school will be his head coach position. "I'm excited to be here. We want to build on the success they had last year as a program and keep things going in the right direction. and I hope they are as excited about the program as I am. We are gonna get to work in June and try to go in the right direction." The new head coach has had two coaching stints at Austin East, was on the staff when that team won the state championship. Dykes has coached at Harriman High and for the last six years has been offense coordinator at Hardin Valley High. Dykes said he applied for the coach position five years ago at the time Caleb Slover was chosen to lead the Big Red. Asked what his years as an assistant coach had taught him..." to win as many games as possible," he replied, as well as organizational skills. Dykes said many of the school alumni reached out and supported his application for the coaching position. "They said we want someone that has ties to the community, that knows how the community works, that has been here. Sometimes you got to act and hope it's the right time and now I hope it is the right time not only for me but also for the community and the football team." Dykes is the younger brother of Newport Mayor Roland "Trey" Dykes, III, and the son of the late former Newport Mayor Roland Dykes Jr.

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