Halliburton names Boone graduate as Crockett's head football coach

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 6, 2018 at 2:16 PM

David Crockett High School has a head football coach, and his name is not Gerald Sensabaugh.

Washington County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton announced Friday that Daniel Boone High School graduate Hayden Chandley had been named to the position.

“We are excited to announce the appointment of Coach Chandley as our Head Football coach at DCHS,” Halliburton said in a news release. “Besides being an excellent football coach, Hayden is an outstanding young man and will be a great role model for our students and our athletes.”

Chandley arrives at Crockett following a long firestorm surrounding his predecessor, Sensabaugh, who was suspended last year after a series of public conflicts with school administrators. A school official said Friday Sensabaugh had been fired in a letter March 15. He has a suit pending against the school system in federal court.

Sensabaugh led the Pioneers to a 5-2 record before he was suspended following comments he made on social media about the school system. He was followed by Brandon Qualls, who coached one game. Baseball coach Nick Lingerfelt finished out the season.

Chandley last worked at Bluefield College by where he coached running backs, fullbacks, tight ends, and was co-special team’s coordinator.

“We want our faculty, our students and our community to know that we have selected the best possible candidate for our school and our football players,” Crockett Principal Peggy Wright said in a news release. “Hayden brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our program which the students and faculty will love. We are excited to know we have found a great coach for our football team.”

Chandley graduated in 2011 from Daniel Boone, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He attended UVA-Wise on a football scholarship to play linebacker for three years. He served as a student assistant, coaching linebackers, during his final year as a student at UVA-Wise.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, he was offered a part-time position on staff to continue coaching linebackers in the fall of 2015 along with being a special team’s assistant. In December of 2015, he enlisted in the United States Air Force National Guard. He graduated Basic Training and Technical School Training and returned home in November of 2016.

Chandley was then offered a position at Bluefield by Head Coach Dewey Lusk in February of 2017.

Chandley said he has three overarching goals for his football team:

“1. We will do things the right way and will conduct ourselves in a respectable manner on and off the field. 2. We will pride ourselves on playing fast, physical, and being extremely disciplined. 3. We will work extremely hard and we will respect our opponent.”

Chandley also announced that former DCHS quarterback Ryan Burger will be joining his staff.

A press conference will be held in the library of David Crockett on Tuesday at 1:30 pm. to formally introduce Chandley.

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