Ex-UC aide Cruce next to take Pioneer project
Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Morgan Cruce is diving head-first into the deep waters of the head football coaching business.
The 26-year-old Union City High School assistant the past four years has officially accepted the head position at Gibson County High School.
Cruce, a 2004 graduate of Obion Central, admittedly faces a daunting task as the Pioneer program has lost 33 consecutive games over the past four seasons and hasn’t posted a winning record in 16 years.
GC has missed the playoffs in 12 straight seasons.
“What was attractive to me about the job was the opportunity to compete and win at a school that is the perpetual underdog,” Cruce said when confirming his new job. “We’ll obviously fly under the radar initially because of the program’s past, but we’ll ultimately have the opportunity to make some noise in a district that is super-competitive.”
Cruce, who graduated from the former Lambuth University in 2008, will replace Lee Adkins, who did not win a game in his two seasons.
The new Pioneer skipper will reportedly be allowed to bring one assistant coach with him.
Cruce was an aide and one of Darren Bowling’s first hires when Bowling took the Union City job in the winter of 2007. He coached the Tornado slots and defensive backs during his four-year tenure and held the title of defensive coordinator this past year.
Published in The WCP 1.10.12