Corner, AL – The Corner Yellow Jackets have named former Appalachian Eagles head coach Jon Cooper their next leader on the gridiron.
Cooper replaces interim coach Rusty Rouse who took over the North Jefferson County program in June when John Clements resigned to accept an assistant position with the St. Clair County Saints. Rouse lead the Jackets to a 4-6 mark in 2020.
“Corner is a unique place with unbelievable support,” Cooper said in a press release. “They have been extremely competitive over the last several seasons. Their record has not always been an indicator of how close they are to breaking out as an elite team. I will evaluate the program from top to bottom and make every necessary adjustment needed to catapult this program to the next level.”
Cooper has spent the past two seasons at the helm of the Appalachian High program. He has lead the 1A Eagles to an 8-12 record including a trip to the AHSAA postseason in 2019. He was named Blount County Coach of the Year after guiding Appalachian to their first winning season in six years.
Before accepting the top job at Appalachian Cooper spend one season in Coffee County at 1A Kinston where he lead the Bulldogs to a 5-5 record, an improvement from a 1-9 mark prior to his arrival.
He led Slocomb’s football program for three years from 2013-2015, guiding the Red Tops to a 21-13 record with three playoff appearances. His 2014 team won the opening round of the playoffs, the first postseason win at Slocomb since 2008.
He has also spent time as an assistant at Charles Henderson, Daleville and served as the head coach at Enterprise Junior High.
Cooper’s career head coaching record currently stands at 34-30 including a 20-18 mark in region play with four trips the postseason.