Justin Pressley

Justin Pressley

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School Principal, Bobby Wines, made it official Tuesday when he announced Mr. Justin Pressley has been named the new head football coach at Volunteer High School. Pressley is originally from Kingston, TN and is a graduate of Midway High School and Middle Tennessee State University.

Coach Pressley has been coaching for 10 years, seven years in Tennessee at the middle school and high school level. He was previously an assistant coach at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee which reached the TSSAA state semifinals in 2012.

Additionally, he was assistant coach at Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville which appeared in the state semifinals in 2014. He credits his previous experience with these two programs and mentors such as Greg Wyant at Siegel for teaching him to treat players with respect, develop their leadership skills and run a program the right way.

Coach Pressley’s first head coaching opportunity came at Lindblom High School in Chicago where he was named head football coach in 2015. While there, he took over a 5A program coming off a 2-7 season. In 3 seasons, Lindblom accumulated a 20-9 record including Lindblom’s only two 2 state playoff appearances in the last 25 years.

“We essentially built the Lindholm program from scratch by creating an exciting brand of football,” Pressley. “We demanded our players to be leaders and taught them what that meant. Lindblom football will continue to succeed on and off the field.”

The new coach had a 15-2 Conference Record in three years as Lindblom High School as head football coach. Lindblom was the 2015 Chicago League Champion (7-0 conference record) and appeared in the 2015 IHSA State Playoffs for the first time in 25 years. Lindblom also appeared in the 2017 IHSA State Playoffs, the first ever home playoff game in school history.

“Chicago has been great to my family,” added Pressley, who is married to Jessica whom he met in college at MTSU and they have one child, Duke, who was born in 2017. “We enjoyed three incredible years there. Our son (Duke) was born in Chicago.

“We grew very close to the community, parents and players. Leaving is one of the toughest decisions Jessica and I have had to make, however timing is everything, and it is the right time to come back to Tennessee and be closer to our family. “

He furthered noted, “When we met with everyone at Volunteer, it instantly made us feel this was the right place for us. We are very excited to meet the players, staff and the community. There is a ton of work to be done and success doesn’t happen overnight. I am dedicated and committed to doing things the right way and building a quality program.

“We are currently trying to get things taken care of in Chicago while looking for a place to live in Tennessee. Hopefully we will begin at Volunteer High School no later than March 1. I want to hit the ground running and get to work building the Volunteer High School football program.”

Principal Bobby Wines expressed his thanks to the search committee as well as Volunteer players and parents for their patience and understanding as they went about hiring the best applicant available.

“The search committee worked diligently to find the best person to lead our football program and after reviewing 24 applicants, the list was narrowed and multiple candidates were interviewed,” said Wines. “Coach Pressley’s initial interview was conducted while he was still in Chicago using Google Meet.

“He traveled to Church Hill February 3rd for the face-to-face interview with the committee. I’m excited and think Coach Pressley is a perfect fit for our school and community.”

Volunteer athletic director Jimmy Whalen added, “I am excited for our school and community with our new hire. Justin Pressley brings a high energy level and a spark of enthusiasm to the football program and I look forward to him leading our players on and off the field.”