The Cumberland Gap defense will head in a new direction this year. Brian Lee will take over as the defensive coordinator for the Panthers after former coordinator Jerton Evans accepted the head coaching position at rival Claiborne.
Head coach Corey Russell said the new coordinator brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.
“Brian’s a guy who’s got 25 years of coaching experience,” said Russell. “He’s been a head coach before, and defense is kind of his forte. He’s been doing a phenomenal job with our guys thus far. We’re really excited about where we are defensively.”
Lee joined the Panthers late in the spring. Prior to that, he had a short stint at John Battle in Virginia in 2014, according to the Roanoke Times. He was the head coach at Eastern Montgomery for the 2013 season. He also led Thomas Walker High to four straight winning seasons, according to WSET-TV.
Russell said the defensive scheme Lee will run is similar to schemes ran in the past. The coach referred to the scheme as a hybrid 40 front.
Cumberland Gap will be able to run multiple looks out of the scheme including a 4-3, 4-4 and a 4-2-5. Russell believes the scheme will be good for his team.
“I think the style of defense we’re running can tend to our athletes really well with the type of kids that we have. It really plays to our strengths very well,” said the coach. “We’re able to get a good number of our more skilled athletic kids out there to play around in the secondary.”
The defensive scheme will allow the coaching staff to use different blitzes and stunts with their linebackers, according to Russell.
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