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by Brad Sambrad@mckenziebanner.com© 2020 Tri-County Pub., Inc.McKenzie alum Derek Carr is the new passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Milan High School.Carr was a two-year …
McKenzie alum Derek Carr is the new passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Milan High School.
Carr was a two-year starting quarterback for the Rebels, graduating in 2008. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and was a four-year member of the Skyhawk football team.
He then coached at the school for two years as a graduate assistant before taking on the same role at Temple University for two more years.
Carr spent a year as the wide receivers coach at Tennessee Tech before returning to UT Martin for one year as the passing game coordinator.
Next, he spent two years out of coaching, working in sales and for Edward Jones.
Carr was lured back to coaching last season by former Rebel teammate Tyler Reeder, head coach of the South Side High School football team. Carr told The Banner the timing was perfect and it was a great opportunity. He served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “I had missed coaching, and Tyler was one of my best friends in high school. He continues to do great things at South Side.”
Carr said that he’s had the privilege of being around many great coaches, such as Gerad Parker at UTM (now the offensive coordinator at West Virginia) and Matt Rhule at Temple (now head coach of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers).
He told The Banner he’s happy to be back in the area and closer to family.
Milan’s program is in the midst of some big changes, with Carl Diffee taking over as head coach and a new stadium with a turf field set to be completed by August. “I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Carr.
Derek and his wife Shelley have a daughter, Landry, who turns two in May, and a son due in August, just in time for the football season.
They reside in Jackson, but plan to relocate to Milan.