Summertown principal Lain Hinson confirmed this weekend that Leslie Mote has been dismissed after six seasons as the school’s football coach.
Hinson declined further comment on the move, which ends the tenure of the only varsity coach in the program’s history.
Mote was named the Eagles’ coach in December 2014, after Summertown played the previous two seasons at the junior varsity level. Over the following six years, he compiled a 24-37 record – including an 8-3 mark in 2016, their second season and their last as a Class 1A program. In Class 2A, the Eagles went 14-26, finishing 6-5 a year ago and 3-6 in the just-completed campaign.
Summertown was ranked as high as No. 7 in the Associated Press Class 2A poll this season, opening 3-0 with on-field victories over Mt. Pleasant and Wayne County, before ending the year on a six-game losing streak that included a 28-20 loss at Region 5-2A rival Community in the season finale.
The Eagles are slated to compete in a revamped – as proposed by the TSSAA — Region 5-2A next fall, with Cascade (Region 4-2A), Mt. Pleasant (Class 1A) and Richland (Class 1A) coming in and Community (Class 3A), Eagleville (Class 1A) and Lewis County (Region 6-2A) going out. Regions and districts for the 2021-23 classification period will be set at Thursday’s Board of Control meeting.
Prior to his arrival at Summertown, Mote had spent two years as coach at Goodpasture, going 6-16, with previous stops at Alabama Christian in Montgomery (9-11 in two seasons) and Columbia Academy (54-62 in 11 seasons).
Attempts to reach Mote for comment were unsuccessful.