KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED/WVLT) -- Scott Blade of Oak Ridge and Chris Wiley of Arrington have been selected as head coaches for this year’s Fourth Annual Toyota Tennessee Football All-Star Classic. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City.
“We’re very excited about having coaches with the background and character that Coach Blade and Coach Wiley bring to our game,” said Bill Marbet, Executive Director of the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association, the organization that coordinates the game.
Blade, a native of California who played linebacker at San Diego State, has coached in Tennessee since 2006 when he took over the program at Hillsboro in Nashville. In three years at the helm of the Burros program, he directed Hillsboro to a runner-up finish in 2006 and a state title in 2008.
After compiling a 37-5 record in three years at Hillsboro, Blade assumed the head coaching position at Oak Ridge last year. The Wildcats were 7-4 in his first year at the tradition rich school. Coach Blade was the assistant head coach of the East team in last year’s all-star classic. He worked specifically with the offensive line.
Coach Wiley is in his seventh year as head coach of Arlington, a Memphis suburb. A native Shelby Countian, he attended and played football at Bartlett High School. In college, he played strong safety at the University of Memphis and linebacker at UT-Martin.
Prior to his tenure at Arlington, Wiley served as an assistant at both Dyersburg and Cordova High Schools. An assistant head coach for the West team last year, he was co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Coaches Blade and Wiley are currently working on assembling their respective coaching staffs for this year’s game. That selection will be announced next month.