New coach to be named for Hillwood High as it prepares for transition to Bellevue

Hillwood High School will officially name its new varsity football head coach at an afternoon press conference Tuesday, the school announced.

Excitement being generated around this coaching hire in part comes from the high school’s relocation within the next few years to the Bellevue community, which last had its own high school in 1980.

The school did not name the new hire, but said the coach would be on hand at the 1:45 p.m. event in the library on campus, 400 Davidson Road. The new coach would “share special news about the 2019 season,” according to Clif Mitchell, a campus supervisor and assistant coach who serving as point person for the press conference.

“The enthusiasm surrounding Nashville’s newest public high school and the 50 years of Bellevue High School alumni longing for its return created a groundswell of worthy head football coaching candidates,” Mitchell wrote in the press release. He added that move to Bellevue prompted the school to seek “the right leader to build a dynamic football program to serve as a key cornerstone of their exciting future.”

Mitchell said that the hiring search, though extensive, eventually “led back to a homegrown candidate with a legendary TSSAA coaching pedigree.”

The coach would replace Kurt Page, who resigned in December after accepting a position to be headmaster at Fort Dale Academy in Greenville, Ala. Page had resurrected a flagging Hillwood football program and his teams made four consecutive playoff appearances from 2015-18.

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