McGavock makes long-time assistant a first-time head football coach

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:29pm

Jay Gore unquestionably has paid his due. Now he has been named the head football coach at McGavock High.

Gore, 52, has spent 31 years as an assistant high school coach in the Nashville area, including the last four at Brentwood High.

This will be his his first head job.

“It’s finally a reality,” Gore said. “When I went over for my interview with new (McGavock) principal Mr. Robbin Wall, it went extremely well. We both want the program competing at a very high level, and I definitely think I can be part of that.”

Gore started at age 21 as an assistant at East Robertson where he coached for three years, was at Battle Ground Academy for six years, Lipscomb for 11, Hillsboro for seven, then at Brentwood.

At Lipscomb, Gore was secondary coach and defensive coordinator. At Hillsboro he was offensive and defensive line coach and at Brentwood he was offensive line coach. He has been a part of two state championship teams (’94 Lipscomb and ’03 Hillsboro), a ’98 runnerup team at Lipscomb and seven state semifinalist teams.

“Most important to me was the type of coaches I’ve worked under all that time, coaches like Don Vick, David Martin and Doug Langston at BGA, Glen McCadams at Lipscomb, Ron Aydelott at Hillsboro, Ron Crawford at Brentwood, so many like that,” he said. “Men that were not only outstanding coaches but simply good people.

“As for paying my dues, I suppose I have. You hope you’ve learned something by working under men like that. But that certainly does that automatically mean you will be a great head coach.”

As for seeking the position, Gore said, “veteran coaches like Wes Elrod, Buddy Brown and Jerry Pigue all told me I should apply for the job,” he said. “McGavock has one of the state’s highest enrollments and, I’m told, some really good, speedy athletes. And I’m going to work on starting a booster club at McGavock, something they should have.

“We’ve lost spring practice due to schools being out because of the floods, so we’re a little behind. I’m going to work as hard as I can to make us as successful as possible. I want to come in, do some recruiting in the school hallways and get some top athletes out on the field.”

Gore replaces Arcentae Broome, who was terminated recently, Broome was named head coach at Maplewood last week.

It’s a busy time for Gore. He and wife Stephanie will watch his son McLain graduate from USN later this month.

“I’m juggling a lot of balls in the air,” he said.

Two more positions in Metro remain unfilled, the Hunters Lane and Glencliff girls’ basketball posts.