Tipton County's longest-tenured high school football coach is moving on.
Will Wolfe, who served as Brighton's head coach for the last eight seasons, announced his resignation earlier this week to take the head coaching job at Hernando High School in Mississippi.
Wolfe is from North Mississippi and said that was his primary reason for leaving Brighton.
“I enjoyed my time at Brighton so much, made so many good friends, but the opportunity to come back home was just too much to pass on,” Wolfe said. “It was a very, very tough decision. It's very bittersweet.”
After going 11-10 his first two seasons at the helm, Wolfe's team's went 51-16 over the next six years, making the playoffs every season and winning at least seven games every year.
The high-water mark was a 10-2 season in 2011 and an appearance in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
He finishes his career at Brighton with a 62-26 record.
“He leads in the classroom and on the football field,” BHS principal Christi Huffman said about Wolfe, who was the Tipton County Teacher of the Year in 2012-13. “Will has been a prime example of the excellence we try and exude here.”
Wolfe installed a spread offense at Brighton five seasons ago and the program found more success immediately with quarterbacks like Danny Potter, Brady Stewart and Colton Hathcock being among the area's leaders in passing yardage every season.
The Cardinals went 8-3 last year and claimed the District 13-AAA title before falling in the first round of the playoffs to Memphis Central.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to all the people of Tipton County who have been so good to me and supported me and my family over the years,” Wolfe said. “So many relationships, so many good wins. It's been a total team effort. I can't say enough about the administration at Brighton High School. It's a wonderful place to work, which made this decision even more difficult.”
“He's meant so much to the program here,” Huffman said. “He set the bar high in terms of competition and winning, but more importantly he's been a role model for our athletes. Sometimes it's hard to find the balance between role model, accountability and the competition part of it, but certainly he has been top quality in every aspect of everything that he's done here on campus.”
Hernando is coming off back-to-back 3-8 seasons and hasn't had a winning record since 2010.
Huffman said the search for Wolfe's replacement is underway.
“There are two ways to look at it,” Huffman said. “Do I have anyone in this county that's the right fit? If so, that's great. If not, we move to looking at other options. We're going to try and move through this as quickly as possible because time is of the essence.”
Will Wolfe's years at Brighton High School