In looking for new opportunity, veteran high school football coach Philip Shadowens is not abiding by the Horace Greeley philosophy.

Way back in 1865, the highly acclaimed American author advised those looking to expand their horizons to “Go west young man”. Well, now that is 2015, the former Blackman high school head football coach and Rutherford County native is headed East with hopes of a bright future. On March 20, 2015, Philip Shadowens was named as the next head football coach at William Blount County high school in Maryville, Tennessee.

Shadowens and winning have been synonymous during his long and storied coaching career in Rutherford County. After building his alma mater, Smyrna, into a two-time state champion in Tennessee’s highest classification, the former Bulldog led Middle Tennessee Christian to their first ever playoff appearance and then turned Blackman into a regional power. After registering a 59-17 record in 6 seasons as the Blaze leader, Shadowens will now turn his attention to a Governor squad that went 3-7 in 2014 and competes with the likes of Farragut, Jefferson County, Bearden, and Maryville.

“I feel like this is a great opportunity for both my family and myself,” says Shadowens. “We are really excited about what lies ahead. This is the next stage in the plan God has made for me and I am happy to be headed East. It’s a great place to live and we can’t wait to get things started.”

Having spent his entire life as a part of the Rutherford County football landscape, many fond memories exist for Shadowens. Having stared down the biggest of the big opposition on many occasions, the list of his accomplishments and wins are quite lengthy. But for the 1985 graduate of Smyrna high school, it is the people that he holds nearest his heart.

“I feel very privileged to have spent my first 48 years in this area,” says Shadowens. “I have coached a lot of great players and met so many good people over the years. Those relationships are very valuable and something my family and I treasure greatly.”

Shadowens hopes to be in place at William Blount county high school in time for the 2015 Spring practice.