Tuscola football has found its new coach, and it’s a familiar face. Chris Brookshire, a 1988 Tuscola graduate, was named the team’s 12th head coach at Monday’s Haywood County school board meeting.
Brookshire takes the helm for the Mountaineers after former head coach J.T. Postell stepped down following a 4-7 finish in his second season. He returns to Tuscola from Western Carolina University, where he spent last season as the team’s wide receivers coach.
"This journey started about 40 years ago, up the road in Oak Park when I was nine years old," Brookshire said in his address to the school board. "I knew I was going to be a coach, it just happens to be a blessing that I'm here. I'm grateful for that. I'm going to make our community proud, and all our current and past players, so we can all be proud to be Mountaineers."
Following a strong career as a receiver and defensive back at Tuscola, Brookshire earned a football scholarship to Wingate before transferring to Western Carolina, where he earned a scholarship in track and field and graduated in 1993.
Before returning to Western, Brookshire spent the 2018 season as the tight ends and full backs coach at Mars Hill University.
Brookshire has several years of head coaching experience in western North Carolina. He spent five years at Erwin, and led the Warriors to the playoffs in 2006. He also spent a year as the head coach at John Battle High in Bristol, Va. in 2008.
The Waynesville native then spent 2016 and 17 as the head coach at Smoky Mountain. Brookshire’s two years coaching the Mustangs were wildly successful, as he led the team to its first winning season since 1999 with a 7-5 record in 2016.
As he returns to his alma mater and hometown, Brookshire will be tasked with returning the Mountaineers to the state playoffs after a one-year absence, and, perhaps an even bigger priority for Mountie faithful, snapping a seven-game losing streak to rival Pisgah in the Haywood County Clash.
Check Wednesday’s Mountaineer for a full story on Brookshire.