John Olive retires as Tullahoma football coach one day after program's first state title

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John Olive is ending his high school football coaching career on top.

The 29-year coach announced he is retiring as Tullahoma's football coach a day after leading the program to its first state championship.

"It's just time in life," said Olive in a release. "Coaching is a young man’s game. I’ve been very fortunate to have coached as long as I have. I think at the age of 63, I have been fortunate to have had as many years of coaching as I have.”

He will remain as the athletic director.

Tullahoma went 15-0 in his final season. The Wildcats defeated two-time defending Class 4A state champion Elizabethton 21-14 in double overtime Saturday in the BlueCross Bowl in Chattanooga.

"John Olive is Tullahoma High School and the community of Tullahoma,” said Tullahoma principal Jason Quick in a release. “I’ve never met a person who has served a community and high school program with more integrity and character than John Olive.

"It is evident in our school, not just with the football team, but also throughout all of our school. Whether you are an athlete or not, John has had an impact on you in some form or fashion.”

Olive went 229-141 as a coach and 203-126 at Tullahoma.

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Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 or tkreager@tennessean.com and on Twitter @Kreager.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Tullahoma football: John Olive retires as coach day after TSSAA championship

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