LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Jonathan Hawks had been coaching wide receivers for the Tates Creek High School football team since 2011, except for a few seasons when he retired to complete his master’s degree. 2022 is his year to resume the program.
Hawks was named head coach Friday afternoon at a school press conference. The football team was there and praised their coach by lining up and patting him down.
“This sport saved my life, football saved my life,” Hawks said. “I wouldn’t be the man I am today without football. I know a lot of people don’t know my background, but it includes a lot of the same things that some of these kids went through.
The Georgia native joined the staff at Tates Creek in 2011 and also became the track’s head coach in 2015. He said he would continue to be the track’s head coach despite this promotion in football.
The Hawks don’t have an easy task, looking to turn around a program that went 3-9 last year. A 2-3 district record and a 1st round playoff win are building blocks he’s looking to incorporate into a new mindset and training regimen for the program.
“We’re just going to practice, we’re going to practice, we’re going to practice,” Hawks said. “That’s the only thing I’ll tell you is we’ll train and we’ll be disciplined, you know I’m a speed guy, I love the track, but we’ll have a hard work ethic , we will strive every day but the thing that separates us and will separate us is parental support.
Tates Creek’s season ended in the 2nd round of the playoffs with a 41-34 loss to Paul Laurence Dunbar.
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