Derek Rang Named Next Head Football Coach at Oak Ridge High School

(Oak Ridge Schools Press Release)

Oak Ridge High School has named Derek Rang as its new head football coach.  Coach Rang’s Dresden High School Lions won the 2016 State Championship. Coach Rang has an overall head coaching record of 86 – 29 at Powell, Dresden, Gatlinburg-Pittman, and Lewis County High Schools. Each school has advanced to the TSSAA Quarterfinals or beyond, as Rang has won 18 postseason games as a head coach. He has been the recipient of numerous coaching awards, including being a three-time Region Coach of the Year, North Knox Coach of the Year, and USA Today State Coach of the Year, and he has been a finalist for Tennessee Titans coach of the year. Coach Rang has coached a Mr. Football Winner, two Mr. Football Semifinalists, and 29 All State players. Rang was a three-time state champion at Maryville High School, where he played for the legendary coach George Quarles. He teaches math and has taught Algebra I, Geometry and SAILS Statistics.

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Rang Coached last season at Lewis County High School (2A) and went 11-2 and lost in the state quarterfinals.

Coach Joe Gaddis told Jesse Smithey of that they had well over 50 applicants from mostly instate, but some were out of state. He said it’s been an exhaustive search.

Coach Rang was 31-17 at Gatlinburg-Pittman before stepping down in 2021 to become an assistant coach with a friend in Mississippi. In March 2022 he joined Lewis County as the head coach.

Rang was 12-2 in his one season at Powell High School before leaving to work on his master’s degree at Carson Newman College, becoming an offensive assistant there.

Rang coached at Dresden High School where he led them to the 2016 State Championship. He was 32-8 while at Dresden.

Rang was born in Illinois before moving to Maryville as a kid.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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