Evan Gay, a Murfreesboro native, who has coached in Texas and Mississippi, has been named as head football coach at The Webb School in the school’s third year as part of the TSSAA Div. II-A East Region.
Most recently, Gay has served as a teacher, varsity football quarterback coach and passing game coordinator at St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
“We are extremely pleased to have Evan as our head football coach and look forward to what he can accomplish leading Webb’s program. He has much experience in building relationships with young people in ways that allow him to teach and coach them to develop, build honor, integrity, and the pursuit of excellence,” said Ken Cheeseman, Webb head of school.
“I am very grateful to be the head football coach at Webb. I have enjoyed getting to know and building relationships with the administration, coaches, teachers, parents, and players thus far,” said Gay. “I am a Tennessean and in 2005 left Tennessee for the U.S. Army Infantry. During my time in the Army, I served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, so it has been a long time since I have called Tennessee home. I have a huge family that lives all over middle Tennessee, and I am looking forward to spending time with all of them again.”
He added, “The focus for Webb to be great at academics, arts, and athletics has ignited an exciting and positive atmosphere and culture on campus, and that was something of which I wanted my family to be a part. I think this team has a lot of potential, and I am looking forward to getting to work and establishing a championship football program.”
Gay earned a B.S. in exercise physiology and M.S. in sports administration from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.
“In 2018, I was very fortunate to start my football coaching career at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. That season we went 15-0 and won the NCAA DIII National Championship. I had the tremendous opportunity to learn from Texas Football Hall of Fame Coach Pete Fredenburg, which has given me a great foundation on which to build my coaching philosophy.”
After that season, he was hired as the offensive coordinator for Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville, Texas. During his two seasons there, the team went to the final four and then in 2020 went undefeated and won the state championship. “I am bringing championship experience to Webb, and my expectations are to compete for a state championship every year,” Gay said. “During that process, we are going to set a high standard for our student-athletes and hold them accountable in the classroom and on and off the field. Our players will be leaders on campus, in class, and in our community.”
Director of Athletics Scott Dorsett added, “We are excited in the Webb Athletic Department to have Evan Gay as the next head football coach. I’m looking forward to watching Coach Gay build a football program that is based on the vision of Webb Athletics. Coach Gay comes to us with a great background of coaching and leading young men. He and his family will make a huge impact in the Webb community.”
Gay succeeds Kyle Turnbow, who served as Webb football head coach for two years and resigned in February.