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Cookeville’s Jimmy Maynord Retires After 42 Years of Coaching

Cookeville High School head football coach Jimmy Maynord announced his retirement Thursday, after 42 years as both an assistant and head coach. Cookeville’s season ended Wednesday night with a 56-7 loss at Region 3-6A foe, Shelbyville. The loss capped off a tough, 1-9 campaign for Maynord’s team, one that began with expectations of a return to the playoffs, but ended with the team losing eight consecutive games. The Cavaliers’ lone win was in Week 2 against Maynord’s high school alma mater, Livingston Academy.

In speaking with UC Sports Nation, Maynord said, “I’ve always heard, you know when it’s time, and I believe that. I didn’t necessarily believe it years back, but I know it’s time. It’s time to do something different, and that was the deciding factor.”

Hear Coach Jimmy Maynord’s full comments on his retirement:

Maynord posted a 234-126 overall head coaching record in stops at White County, Upperman, Smith County, and most recently, Cookeville, where Maynord patrolled the sidelines for the past nine seasons. Maynord’s teams were 55-35 during his tenure, and 3-7 in postseason play. His best season at Cookeville came in 2017, when he led the Cavaliers to a 10-3 record and a pair of playoff wins. Cookeville’s season ended that year in the State Quarterfinals against Oakland, who finished as the Class 6A runner-up.

Cookeville made the playoffs in each of Maynord’s first seven years as coach, before missing out last season, despite a 6-4 record. Cookeville was expected to challenge Lebanon for the Region 3-6A crown this season, after realignment purged many of the powerful Rutherford County-area teams after the 2020 season. Cookeville played Lebanon toe-to-toe in a 21-14 loss in Week 3, but injuries and inconsistent play took their toll on the remainder of the season.

In addition to his many years as a head coach, Maynord also served as Coach Gary Rankin’s defensive coordinator for several seasons at Riverdale, during their championship years of the 1990s.

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