Seymour native Jerry Mynatt has been named Campbell County High School’s new head football coach.
Mynatt, a 1986 graduate of Seymour High School, has been a college coach throughout his career. His stops include Charleston Southern, Elon, N.C; East Tennessee State; Pikeville, Ky; and – most recently – NCAA Division II Brevard College in North Carolina.
He is a 1992 graduate of Carson-Newman College, where he played wide receiver on the 1989 NAIA National Championship Team.
“It’s a challenge in my life that I want to take on right now,” said Mynatt on his decision to leave the college ranks in order to coach high school football.
“I’ve talked to several schools in the area, and this is the one I keep coming back to.”
His parents still live at Seymour, which also factored into Mynatt’s decision to take the Campbell County job.
Mynatt, who has served as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Brevard, is wrapping up his collegiate duties this week. He hopes to meet with administrators and players at CCHS in the next few days to begin preparations for the 2011 season.
“(High school football is) a different game,” said Mynatt.
“What’s important is getting all the players coming up from the middle schools and reaching out into the community.”
While Mynatt was head coach at Pikeville College from 2003-06, his teams won 20 games and broke almost every offensive, defensive and special teams school record on the books.
In 2005, Mynatt was named coach of the year in the Mid-South Conference after leading Pikeville to its first playoff appearance. American Football Monthly also chose him as one of the hottest coaches in America.
Earlier in his career, Mynatt was passing game coordinator at ETSU, where he coached All-American and future New York Jet wide receiver Cecil Moore.
In college, Mynatt lettered as a freshman for ETSU before transferring to Carson-Newman to finish out his eligibility. He started at wide receiver for a team that finished the regular season unbeaten and ranked No. 1 nationally. After college, he played one year of professional football with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.
Gary Householder, athletic director and longtime football coach at Seymour, coached Mynatt when he was a high school player.
“Jerry was a real intense, small quick wide receiver. He had great athletic ability; he was 5-foot-5 and could dunk a basketball,” said Householder.
“He’s very enthusiastic, a great student of the game.
“We were the first team around here that went to that Kentucky spread offense, and, when we did, he was the coach at Pikeville and he stopped by to visit and he talked to us quite a bit about it.
“I think he’ll do a good job up there if they get behind him and support him.
“After years of moving around as a college assistant and that lifestyle, I think he’s ready to settle down some and coach high school football.
“He’s extremely football knowledgeable; he’s a great person. I hope they’ll be patient and give him a chance, because I can guarantee they won’t get anybody that’ll work any harder than him.”