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Familiar name to take over Eagles football

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By Jimmy Trodglen


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Brandon Clark no longer has the title “interim” in front of his name.

The Eagles defensive coordinator will now oversee the Northeast program after it was announced he would become the Eagles’ third head football coach in four seasons. Clark replaces Chad Watson, who stepped down prior to Christmas to become the head football coach at one of the state’s most historic programs, Gallatin.

Watson was 10-11 in two seasons, coaching the Eagles to a playoff appearance during the 2017 season.

Clark was named the Eagles’ interim coach in January while the school searched for Watson’s heir. Ultimately, Northeast decided to stay with the coaching candidate most familiar with the program.

Clark joined Watson’s staff less than a month before the start of the 2017 season, leaving Houston County where he had been the head coach for six seasons.

An Indiana native, Clark graduated from Washington High School where he later was an assistant coach from 2004-2007. He graduated from Oakland City University before moving to Houston County.

Clark was an assistant coach for the Irish from 2008-2011 before being promoted to head coach. In his six seasons as head coach, Clark took the Irish to the playoffs three times, including a second-round appearance in 2015. The Irish’s 9-3 record was one of the program’s highest win totals.

“We look forward to coach Clark and his staff continuing to move the football program in a positive direction,” Northeast athletics director Brad Hutson said. “Coach Clark understands the importance of players being student-athletes, and it is that academics-first mentality that we want out of our coaches and students.”

Clark will inherit a Northeast program that must replace a senior class that had more than a dozen sign to play college football.

The Eagles will have to replace multiple starters on offense and defense and will have a schedule that will include games outside the region against Riverdale, Evansville Reitz (Ind.), Antioch and city rival, Rossview.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360