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Witten earns Titans' coach honor

Douglas Fritz • Updated Dec 10, 2019 at 3:58 PM

Honors continued for Elizabethton’s football program Tuesday as Shawn Witten was chosen as the 2019 Tennessee Titans high school coach of the year.

Witten guided the Cyclones to a 30-6 win over Springfield in Saturday’s TSSAA Class 4A state championship game. The Cyclones finished with a record of 15-0.

“My players and assistant coaches deserve the credit,” said Witten. “A great coach is surrounded by a great team.”

Titans’ outreach manager Josh Corey told The Tennessean, “Shawn Witten is a great coach who we are proud to recognize. In his 13 seasons at Elizabethton, he has created a strong program that embodies many of the qualities that we celebrate at the Tennessee Titans. The success he and his team have had this season, culminating in a state championship title, speak to the hard work and dedication they devote to their craft.”

Along with the state honor, Witten will receive a $2,000 grant from the Titans Foundation to benefit the Elizabethton football program. And he will travel to Orlando for the 2020 Pro Bowl.

Also, Witten earned a nomination for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award. The winner of that honor will get $10,000 while his football program receives $15,000. Witten is one of 32 people nominated for the Shula award, one for each of the NFL teams. The Shula award winner will be announced in January.

Elizabethton’s title was the first since 1938 and the Cyclones became the first District 1 team to win a state championship under a true statewide playoff system that began in 1976.

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