Sports Spectrum: Former ETSU lineman next Highlanders football coach

8:49 am | April 23, 2012

Brock Pittman to be named Cloudland’s head football coach

Carnival season is only a month away, but the coaching carousel is already up and running in Carter County.

Cloudland will officially announce Brock Pittman as their head football coach on Friday.

Pittman was a senior player on the last ETSU football team and started in the line as an offensive guard. He played two seasons there and one at Fork Union Military.

He was an all-state player at Virginia’s Lee Davis High School before his college career began.

Pittman was an assistant coach at Varian High School in Richmond last season. He also was an assistant coach for the VMI Cadets for three seasons under former South Carolina head coach Sparky Woods.

The new head coach has ties to the Carter County area. His wife Rachel was raised in Lynn Valley and graduated from Elizabethton High School. She is the daughter or Judy Goodwin and the late Robert Goodwin.

Pittman confirmed over the telephone on Friday that he had accepted the job. The new coach stated that he would be in town next week in preparation for their upcoming spring practice.

The Cloudland players were told of his hire on Thursday and that the new coach would be conducting spring football drills.


Peterson making waves at Walters State 

Josh Peterson bypassed signing with the Texas Rangers over the summer after being selected in the 40th round. His decision could pay off in the future.

Peterson is currently 4-1 as a starter on the Senators pitching staff.

In his last two outings, the hard throwing right-hander has tossed back-to-back four hitters — 11-1 over Chattanooga State and a 5-1 win over Cleveland State.

His only loss was a hard fought 3-2 decision to Columbia State.

He has pitched 36 innings allowing 17 runs, only 12 earned. His ERA is 2.95 with 32 strikeouts versus only 14 walks.

The Senators are 40-5 on the season.


Unicoi’s Epperson takes over at Lenoir City 

The Lady Blue Devils will be looking for a new girls head basketball coach at the resignation of Josh Epperson, who’s leaving to take over at Lenoir City.

He took over for the legendary Glenn Fisher and inherited a team loaded with talent that many thought were a possible state championship team. He had a 46-16 record in his two years at the helm.

They did win the District 1-AA tournament back in March, but two losses apiece to Cloudland and Elizabethton and one to Hampton was too big of pill to swallow for some Lady Blue Devil faithful.

One name that will certainly be bantered around for the opening is Cloudland’s assistant coach Kenneth Chambers.

Chambers averaged 23 wins per season in his seven-year stint as head girls coach at Unaka.

His 2005 squad set a school record for the most wins in a season with 31. The 2004 squad made the state tournament.

Last time, he was one of two finalists for the job along with Epperson.


Carter County Sports Hall of Fame

Area fans should check out the new Carter County Sports Hall of Fame website at

Former TSSAA official Charles Peters and Elizabethton Star sports editor Jamie Combs, with a big assist from Steve Lowe, have started the website to honor all former athletes/coaches who excelled during their careers.

Nominations are currently being accepted and are open to any coach, athlete or sports figure from Carter County, which includes high school, college, middle school, youth leagues, boys and girls clubs or even fans who have played a big part in Carter County sports.

Anyone wanting to submit a nomination form can find it at their website. Forms can be submitted online.


On this day

Two huge upsets occurred in baseball on this day. The first one was Hampton defeated Elizabethton in baseball 6-5 back in 2002. It was their first win over the Cyclones since 1977.

Two years late the Rangers shocked Sullivan South 10-8 in the Blue Devil Classic. Unaka would go on to defeat three AAA teams that season and earned its second consecutive trip to the state tournament.


Tim Chambers is a sportswriter for the Elizabethton Star and can be reached via email at

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