William Blount football coach Philip Shadowens resigns to focus on health after hospital stay

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William Blount football coach Philip Shadowens is resigning after season seasons to focus on his health, he told his players Monday.

Shadowens, 54, has been a head football coach for 28 years. He decided before the new year he would not return for the 2022 football season after a health scare landed him in the hospital for three days. He didn't elaborate on his health concerns, only saying they are nothing serious, but they made him realize he needed to prioritize himself and his family.

"I'm going to spend the next couple of months getting back to health." Shadowens said. "I really feel like I need to step back...it's just a matter of taking care of me and getting myself back to the health I've had for 54 years until the last few months."

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Shadowens, a state champion coach before arriving in East Tennessee, did not have a winning season at William Blount, which finished 1-9 this past season.

He began his coaching career at Smyrna in 1994, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back 5A state championships in 2006 and 2006. He also coached on season at Middle Tennessee Christian in 2008, before spending 2009-14 at Murfreesboro Blackman, where he coached former Tennessee star and San Francisco 49ers receiver Jauan Jennings.

Shadowens plans to continue teaching physical education at William Blount, but he said he is unsure whether he will return to coaching at William Blount or elsewhere in the future.

"I'm just going to sit back and not make any decisions right now. I don't know what the future holds, and I'm not going to spend a lot of time worrying about that," Shadowens said. "I know there will be an obvious path to take at some point, and I'll wait for that to happen."

Contact Emily Adams at eaadams@gannett.com or on Twitter @eaadams6.

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