Coaches

 Head Coach RandyIrvin
Head Coach

Coach Randy Irvin was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, and is a 1975 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School. While at Dobyns-Bennett, Irvin was a Tennessee High School State Champion Hurdler and State record holder. He ran track for two TSSAA Hall of Fame coaches, Dan Crowe and Tom Coughenour.

Coach Irvin graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1980 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. While attending college, Coach Irvin was a member of the East Tennessee State University Track Team that won the Southern Conference Indoor Championships.

Coach Irvin began his teaching and coaching career at Tennessee High School in the fall of 1980. He was an assistant coach at THS under Tom Murrell and Andy Arnold before taking the head job in 2006. Coach Irvin also was an assistant basketball coach under Dale Burns for 11 years. Coach Irvin also works with the football coaching staff by videotaping their games during the fall.

Irvin has been married to this wife Tracy since June 1991. When not instructing students in drivers’ education or coaching student athletes on the track, Coach Irvin can most often be found fly fishing on the South Holston River.


Brad Stubbs BradStubbs
Assistant Coach

Coach Brad Stubbs was born in Georgia, but spent his high school days right here in Bristol. Coach Stubbs, one of two former Vikings on the track coaching staff, graduated in 1998. While attending Tennessee High, Coach Stubbs competed in both track and football. On the football field, Coach Stubbs spent time at quarterback, running back, and free safety. During his football career, he broke many school defensive records including the most tackles in a season, which he still holds. On the track, Coach Stubbs was a multi-event athlete, competing in many of the sprinting events.

After graduating, Coach Stubbs went on to play for EastTennesseeStateUniversity where he played free safety, strong safety, and outside linebacker. He was a three year letterman during his time there and in his senior year contributed to ETSU's biggest win in years, a victory over the nation's #1 ranked team, Georgia Southern.

Coach Stubbs spent his final semester at ETSU doing his student teaching and spending time on the football field here at Tennessee High. Upon graduating, Coach Stubbs was hired by VolunteerHigh School, where he coached for three years. Coach Stubbs finally returned to Bristol in the summer of 2006 and has since been apart of both the football and track coaching staffs.

Coach Stubbs has been married to his wife, Amy, since 2005. They have three children, Reagan, Gracie, and Austin. In his time off, Coach Stubbs enjoys hunting and fishing.


Tom Murrell TomMurrell
Assistant Coach

Coach Murrell was born in Kingsport Tennessee and is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School where he first became involved in running. He ran Cross Country and Track at Clemson University and received his Bachelor Degree in Recreation and Parks Administration in 1969. After graduation from Clemson he served two years in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg NC and the 173rd Airborne Division in the Republic of South Viet Nam.

Coach Murrell received his Masters Degree in Physical Education from East Tennessee State University 1982. While at ETSU he served as a Graduate Assistant under Coach Dave Walker. During that time the ETSU Cross Country team finished second in the NCAA Championships and had the individual Champion, Neil Cusack. He served as the Head Cross Country and Track Coach at Tennessee High School from 1974 through 2004. Coach Murrell was selected as the Conference and/or Regional Coach of the Year on multiple occasions. He was also nominated twice for State Coach of the Year honors.

In 2002 Coach Murrell retired from teaching and moved to an assistant position in Track and Field at THS. He continued as Head Cross Country Coach and began work with the American Cancer Society as Director of the Sullivan Co. Relay For Life.

In 2004 Coach Murrell became the Head Cross Country Coach at King and started the first track and field program there in 2005. Before retiring in the spring of 2008 King produced 28 All Americans; 4 individual National Champions and had one Team National Championship top ten finish.

Coach Murrell is married to Linda Morgan and has one daughter, Ashley, who lives in Atlanta. Favorite pastime activities are running and bike riding with Linda and serving as her sous chef.


AmandaVance
Assistant Coach

Glen Johnson GlenJohnson
Assistant Coach

Glen Johnson is a Bristol, Tennessee native. He graduated from Holston Valley High School where he was an All-State Basketball player. Glen is a retired wildlife officer who worked 27 years with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Coach Johnson competes in age group competition in both shot put and discus. He has achieved one World Championship and 28 National Championships with over 30 meet records. Glen coaches to “give back” to a sport and a community that has been special to him. Tennessee High is privileged to have Glen Johnson as part of our coaching staff.

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