We’ve had our fun with April Fools jokes today on the site, but this is some breaking news courtesy of the Head Coach of the Tiger Football team, Will Wolford. After one year spent back at his alma mater, Adam Billings will be named the next Head Coach of North Bullitt High School.
Coach Billings was the Head Coach at Elizabethtown High School before coaching the offensive line at St. Xavier last season. He will be missed next season, but good luck to the Former Tiger!
Part nine in a ten part series previewing the 2014 St. Xavier Football Tigers: New Coaches
Adam Billings: Offensive Line
Bart Bruner: Defensive Coordinator
Too hard to choose, honestly.
Neither were on the St. X staff last year, but they both bring more than enough coaching experience to the table.
In year two of the Will Wolford Era, we are focusing on two new additions to his staff. Both of them should have significant impacts on the direction of this year’s team.
Adam Billings returns to Poplar Level Road after resurrecting the football program at Elizabethtown High School. He will be tasked with coaching the offensive linemen. Billings has experience as a player on the O-Line, and he knows how important his guys are. He won two state championships as a player at St. X under Mike Glaser and has held several coaching positions at schools in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky.
Billings brings out the best in his players, and the Tiger Offensive Lineman are already enjoying his tough and enthusiastic coaching style.
Bart Bruner returns to the St. X coaching staff as the head of the defense. He is a well-known figure, and many players already view him as the perfect fit.
“Coach Bruner is a great teacher,” linebacker Kyle Oliver said during the spring. “He is a good leader and a very intense guy. We all respect him greatly.”
Bruner’s energy and grit will certainly prepare the Tiger Defense for all the battles they will have this coming season.
Tiger Nation can be sure to see both coaches racing up and down the sidelines and shouting commands this fall.
Next up: Team Preview
Part Eight: Special Teams
Part Seven: Wide Receivers
Part Six: Defensive Backs
Part Five: Offensive Line and Tight Ends
Part Four: Defensive Line
Part Three: Running Backs
Part Two: Linebackers
Part One: Quarterbacks
When asked about his thoughts on the hiring of Former Tiger Adam Billings as the Offensive Line Coach for St. X, Coach Glaser, who coached Adam at St. X, had some insightful things to say.
“Adam Billings was a great player because he was an overachiever. He was mentally tough with a great attitude and outworked everyone in the weight room.
A natural leader by example, he worked hard and went full speed on every play. He will bring a toughness and intensity to the offensive line that is needed to be successful on the high school level. He will be a great addition to the football staff.
It makes me proud to have another one of the ‘Band of Brothers’ back at St. X. He will also be a great teacher in the classroom.”
Everyone here at WSTX Sports would like to welcome Coach Billings to his new position at his alma mater. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!
Another Former Tiger has signed on to be a part of the Saint Xavier Football coaching staff, and it is none other than current Elizabethtown Head Coach Adam Billings.
Billings will serve as the Offensive Line Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach. He will also assume a vacant teaching spot in Saint Xavier’s Mathematics Department.
Just like Varsity Head Coach Will Wolford, Billings starred on the offensive line for the Tigers, from 1995 to 1999, winning two class 4-A State Championships. After his playing tenure at St. X, Billings walked-on as a lineman at the University of Tennessee. Shortly after that, Billings transferred to Maryville College, a private, liberal arts college located near Knoxville, Tennessee where he graduated from in 2004.
His first coaching job out of college came at Cambridge High School, located in Cambridge, Wisconsin, as an assistant coach and athletics director. After two years at Cambridge, Billings returned to Tennessee to experiment in the banking industry while becoming a mathematics teacher at Knoxville Powell High School.
After two years at Powell, Billings returned to coaching football as an assistant at Southwest Guilford High School in High Point, North Carolina. He spent two years on the Cowboys’ staff, helping to engineer a turnaround from a 1-10 record in 2008 (The year before he arrived) to a 6-6 record in 2009 and the school’s first-ever playoff appearance in 2010.
For the last three years, Billings has served as the head coach of the E-Town Panthers.
For more information about the hiring and an in-depth look into the events leading up to Billings’ hiring, visit The News Enterprise and check out its article on Billings’ hiring.