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Coach Craig Clayton was head football coach at Hopkinsville from 1986-2004 and returned to coach the Tigers from 2016-2021.

In his 25 years as head coach, Hoptown had a 192-114 record, making Coach Clayton the football program's winningest coach. During his tenure the team also had 2 trips to the 3A state finals in 1997 & 1998, as well as a trip to the 4A semifinals in 2020.

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Theoretically a very good job but where do we stand on consolidation? If that happens, would there be a new coach hired? So if you take this job, how long do you keep it? Lots of questions right now but a job that lots of folks would be desirous of. 

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25 minutes ago, gchs_uk9 said:

Theoretically a very good job but where do we stand on consolidation? If that happens, would there be a new coach hired? So if you take this job, how long do you keep it? Lots of questions right now but a job that lots of folks would be desirous of. 

Because of the unknown I think this job goes to a first time head coach or someone looking to catch lightning in a bottle as a bounce back job. I do not think why sure-fire no doubt guys will apply with the consolidation looming. 

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Most others schools the new Building principal and athletic director will make the hire for the new school? Has either of these been hired? If not this could be a lame duck hire as the new school is a few years away so there will be no guarantee for a position when this school closes as you could have two head coaches in the running for the same job? 

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Dustin Lopez probably deserves the job. HHS C/O 2003. Played at Memphis and Arena League. He's been Craig Clayton's assistant in Tennessee and at Hoptown the last decade. Craig has groomed him for the job. He's young, but he's a hard worker and knows the modern game of football. A lot of backstabbing and drama on that staff the last few years because there's been jockeying to be the successor.

I wanted Lopez to get the CCHS job and bring my school back to glory, but wherever he goes he's going to do great. Everyone in the coaching community around here knows he deserves the job, similar to Lovelace 15 years ago. I hope they get him right.

I heard that some HHS people are pushing to bring Marc Clark back? Well? I know that McCracken Co. would gladly love for him to go this way and there would not be hard feelings. Nice hard working guy, but not a guy that can win games. The HHS and CCHS job too are set up to be jobs that should compete for a regional title every season. Too much talent not to do it.

Clayton came back in year 1 to HHS and got them further than they did Clark's entire tenure, with a team that had lost almost all it's starters from the year before.

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