Tullahoma’s John Olive speaks to his players on Sunday, announcing that he will be retiring as head football coach. Olive coached the Wildcats for 29 seasons and ended his career with a 21-14 State Title victory over Elizabethton on Saturday. Photos by Zach Birdsong
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Olive Titans High School Coach of the Year

The Tennessee Titans have named Tullahoma’s John Olive their 2021 High School Coach of the Year.

“John Olive is Tullahoma High School and the community of Tullahoma,” said Tullahoma principal Jason Quick. “I’ve never met a person who has served a community and high school program with more integrity and character than John Olive. It is evident in our school, not just with the football team, but also throughout all of our school. Whether you are an athlete or not, John has had an impact on you in some form or fashion.”

In his 29th and final season on the sideline Olive led the Wildcats to a perfect 15-0 record, Tullahoma topped Elizabethton in a double overtime thriller 21-14 to claim the Class 4-A State Championship, the first in program history. Coach Olive, who remains at Tullahoma as the district athletic director, ended his head coaching career with a record of 203-126.  

As the 2021 Titans Coach of the Year, Olive will receive a grant in the amount of $3,500 from the Tennessee Titans Foundation and a $1,000 grant from the NFL Foundation, to benefit his football program. Coach Olive will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2022 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas, Nev.

Coach Olive’s selection also qualifies him for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award, honoring high school football coaches that display the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by the coach with the most wins in NFL history, Don Shula. The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award winner – announced in January – receives $12,500 and his high school football program is awarded $17,500. New for this year, a second finalist will receive $7,500 and his high school football program will receive $12,500.

The Titans’ High School Coach of the Year award is an extension of the High School Game of the Week and Coach of the Week programs. Each Coach of the Week (10 total) received a grant from the Tennessee Titans in the amount of $2,000 to benefit his school’s football program. All 11 award winners – 10 Coach of the Week winners and the Coach of the Year – will be recognized at Nissan Stadium during the Titans vs. Dolphins game on Sunday, January 2.

For more information on the High School Game of the Week and Coach of the Week program, visit https://www.tennesseetitans.com/gameoftheweek

Will Rabb

Will Rabb

Will is a Middle Tennessee native having been born and raised in Winchester. His love of radio began as a child listening to local stations on the way to school or while falling asleep at night. After High School, where he was active in student media, he attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media while covering sports for the campus radio station. He then moved into the business professionally as a board op/producer for Cumulus of Knoxville and the Vol Network. His radio journey then took him to Louisiana where he was the lead producer for ESPN New Orleans. After returning home to Winchester, he spent several years broadcasting local sports for stations in Franklin County before joining the Bowman Family. When he’s not at the station, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Shaina and his two fur babies (Toulouse and Belle), cheering on the Vols, Preds and Saints and in the kitchen or behind the grill trying out new recipes.

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