Dickson County hires new head football coach

Dickson County hired former Independence assistant Greg Burns as its new head coach on Thursday. The Cougars went 1-9 in 2019, Randy Murphree's final season as head coach.

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One month and one week after the resignation of former Dickson County coach Randy Murphree, the wait is finally over.

The Cougars have found their new head football coach.

According to a Facebook post from DCHS principal Joey Holley, the school is hiring Greg Burns, who comes to Dickson County after 10 years as an assistant at 6A Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, TN.

“Dickson County High School is excited to announce that Greg Burns will be the next Head Football Coach for the Cougars,” Holley said in the statement. “Greg played four years at McNeese State. He began his coaching career at Rosepine High School in Louisiana and has spent his last ten years working with Scott Blade at Independence High School in Thompson Station, Tennessee. Coach Burns has worked in coaching roles with wide receivers, quarterbacks, special teams coordinator, and offensive coordinator. During his tenure there Independence has made ten straight playoff appearances, Quarterfinal appearances, one State Runner up, and one State Championship. Let’s welcome Head Coach Greg Burns and his family to the Hill!”

During Burns’ success at Independence, he coached several notable players, one being former Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden.

Dickson County’s coaching change comes after the Cougars finished 1-9 in 2019, with a 41-0 loss to Independence, Burns’ former school.

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