High School Sports

Cherryville names Tim Pruitt as its new head football coach

Cherryville has hired Tim Pruitt as its new football coach. Pruitt replacees Keith Fox, who had coached the Ironmen since 2006.

Pruitt has 10 years head coaching experience. He was 1-10 as Cherryville’s coach in 2002, and has also coached at West Wilkes and Watagua High. During the 2007 season at West Wilkes, where he led the team to a 9-3 record, Pruitt was named Carolina Panthers high school football coach of the year.

Pruitt’s head coaching record is 48-70. He’ll take a program that has not had a winning season since 1996. Cherryville was 1-10 last season.

“We are excited to announce that Tim Pruitt will be taking over the Ironmen football program,” Cherryville principal Kevin Doran said. “He is a man who possesses integrity, great leadership skills, and enthusiasm for our school and community. Not only are we getting a great coach, but we are gaining an outstanding educator as well. I believe that Coach Pruitt will lead a program that Cherryville can be proud of.”

Pruitt has more than 24 years coaching experience, including stops as an assistant coach at Starmount, Cherryville, and Cumberland University. In 1998, Coach Pruitt was the special teams coordinator and offensive coordinator when Starmount won the 1A State Championship.

Pruitt was the Cherryville High School Teacher of the Year in 2013. He is a graduate of Forbush High and Appalachian State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and a minor in coaching. He is married to Maria Gunnell Pruitt, and they have three children, Landry, Grayce, and Emma.

“We feel blessed to have Tim Pruitt join the Ironmen family as the head coach of our Football program,” Cherryville athletics director Scott Harrill said. “We know that we are getting a coach with high standards, who will work hard, and knows our community. We look forward to the football program moving forward under his leadership, and know that the student athletes of Cherryville will strive in a positive environment.”