Jeremy Pendergraft, Lee’s athletic director and former football coach, released a statement Friday announcing the hiring of Alec Haston as the new coach of the Generals.
Haston, who will be head coach of a high school program for the first time, has served as an assistant coach at Cumberland County High School since 2013. He teaches physical education at the Crossville, Tennessee, school.
Haston did not immediately return phone calls or messages Friday.
A former all-state lineman at White County High School in Georgia, Haston played at Tennessee in the fall of 2004 before transferring to Tennessee Tech where he earned All-Ohio Valley Conference academic honors in 2006.
Prior to coaching at Cumberland County, Haston was an assistant coach at Soddy-Daisy.
Pendergraft resigned his position as football coach in March after serving in the role since 2016. He guided the Generals to a 13-18 record in his three seasons, including a postseason appearance in 2017.
“There comes a time when you have to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective. My passion for Generals football has consumed me for many, many years, but it doesn’t surpass my love for my family. In that regard, it’s time for my role as a husband and father to consume the overwhelming majority of my time,” Pendergraft said upon announcing his resignation.
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Pendergraft said Friday that the boys’ basketball coach vacancy is close to being filled.
The position opened when Brian Coomer resigned in March after one season as the Generals’ coach. He spent several years as an assistant coach with the program.