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McMillan named Volunteer's head football coach

Tanner Cook • Feb 4, 2020 at 1:19 PM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School announced the name of its new head football coach Tuesday afternoon.

Jesse McMillan — who has served in the interim role since Justin Pressley’s departure for Carter in January — is the new man at the helm.

“Jesse McMillan’s football knowledge and passion for Volunteer High School gives me confidence that he is the best person to lead our football program,” Volunteer athletic director Jim Whalen said. “His presence will make the transition smooth for our players going into the 2020 season.”

McMillan is a 1999 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett where he lettered in football, basketball and track and was a member of the 1998 Indians football team that reached the state semifinals under Graham Clark.

He was an All-Region running back, defensive back and kick returner and was a first team All-State defensive back selection in 1998.

McMillan went on to attend college at Georgia Southern, where he found more success under coaches like Paul Johnson and Mike Sewak. While playing for the Eagles, McMillan was part of four FCS national semifinalist teams and two championship teams (1999, 2000).

His previous coaching experiences include stints at Jones County High School from 2004-09, serving as defensive coordinator in 2009. He served as defensive coordinator at his alma mater from 2010-14.

McMillan has been a part of the Volunteer staff since 2018.

“I am grateful, honored and humbled to be named head football coach at Volunteer High School,” McMillan said in a statement. “I would like to thank Director of Schools Mr. Matt Hixson, the Board of Education, Mr. Bobby Wines, and Mr. Jim Whalen for having the confidence in me to give me this job.

“I’ve enjoyed this community and working at Volunteer the last two years. My wife (Erin), daughters (Riley and Millie) and I are truly excited for this opportunity.”

He continued: “Obviously, I was very fortunate to be coached by and work with many successful coaches who set the example for how to be a good person and coach. Our staff is going to do everything we can to prepare our students to become successful and consistent people on and off the field. Our goal is to produce young men that the community can be proud of.”

Volunteer Principal Bobby Wines said, “Jesse McMillan has been coached by some of the best in the business and has experienced success as a player at various levels. He understands all facets of the game and knows what it takes to be successful individually and as a team. I look forward to seeing him put his stamp on the program.”