Whitley County Welcomes Coach Irwin
January 2, 2019
Whitley County High School announces Jep Irwin as the school’s new football coach. Irwin comes to Whitley County with 25 years of coaching experience, with 13 as a head coach. Whitley County Schools Superintendent John Siler said, “We are exceptionally excited about adding Jep Irwin. Jep brings a blend of experience and high achievement to our program. In addition, he’s a quality person who can help take our team to the next level."
Irwin spent the last nine seasons as head coach at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. He was a two-time Coach of the Year leading his team to five playoff appearances, which included the school’s only State Semifinal appearance, two of the program’s three region championships, a #1 Ranking, and an undefeated season. During his time at Lassiter, he also helped develop 44 players who went on to play collegiate football. In the 9 years before Coach Irwin, Lassiter hadn’t won more than 6 games in a season; under Coach Irwin they won 7 or more games 5 times. Before coaching at Lassiter, Irwin was Offensive Coordinator at Pelham High in Alabama, and prior to that he served as Head Coach at South Laurel High School in London, Ky where he lead the Cardinals to their best stretch in program history.
Principal Bob Lawson said of Irwin, “We hit a home run with Jep. He’ll help build the championship culture that Whitley County wants and deserves. I have no doubt that Coach Irwin will help further the Colonel brand.”
Coach Irwin said, “I’ve known Bob Lawson for a long time, dating back to my days in Alabama. My knowledge of him, along with the tradition and facilities in place at Whitley, are what attracted me to the job. I’m excited to be part of Whitley County’s tradition of winning.”
During his 13 years as a Head Coach, Irwin compied a 87-68 career mark, including 5 playoff appearances in the highest class of football in Georgia and 3 playoff appearances in Kentucky. He’s also served as both an offensive and defensive coordinator during his career.
Under Coach Irwin, expect the Colonels to be diverse offensively. Irwin said, “We want to run the ball when we have to and pass it when we want to. We want to be a physically offensive football team." Defensively, Irwin said, “With the variety of offenses in today’s game, you have to have multiple defenses.”