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Headley hired as wide receivers coach

Former Carson-Newman Eagle and Unicoi County High School football standout Corey Headley has found a new home for the 2015-2016 gridiron season.
Headley will continue his a coaching career at the collegiate level by joining the Rose-Hulman Institute Fightin’ Engineers football program as a wide receivers coach.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Headley said in an interview with The Erwin Record on Friday. “I’m looking forward to grow in the position and coach football in a football time role.”
Rose-Hulman is based in Terre Haute, Ind., and the football team is aligned with the NCAA Division III classification. The Fightin’ Engineers are led by fifth-year head coach Jeff Sokol.
“The interview process went well,” Headley said. “The experience of coming from Carson-Newman under a coach like Ken Sparks has helped me prepare for this chance.”
Another key component of the job will be the faith-based ideals that are part of Sparks’ program, Headley added.
“That’s something I want to do,” he said. “I learned that from Carson-Newman. I wanted to bring that during my time coaching with the football team at the high school. Just having the chance to mentor people away from the field is a great privilege and something I’m looking forward to with the guys at Rose-Hulman.”
The Fightin’ Engineers aren’t slouches on the gridiron, either. The program enters this year after finishing 7-3 in the regular season in 2014, missing out on the playoffs by a tie-breaker inside their conference.
“They’re ready to compete,” Headley said. “They mentioned that during the interview process, so I’m going to try to bring what little I can to their program and help in any way.”
Headley currently serves with the UCHS baseball team as a coach on the junior varsity baseball team. While Headley prepares for new endeavors, the goodbyes haven’t been fun, he said.
“It has been rough,” Headley added. “Since I heard I got the job I’ve been saying my goodbyes to the guys. I leave in April. I’m going to miss Unicoi County and everyone who helped me get to this point.”
Rose-Hulman opens the 2015 season on Sept. 5 against Kalamazoo.