Covenant athletics director Matt Chambless said Friday morning that Piedmont assistant coach Wes Tanner finished second in the running last year when the school hired Jimbo Hale as its football head coach.
Tanner moved up a spot in the school’s latest search Thursday when he agreed to become the Rams’ head coach. Hale is leaving the school to become the head coach at Wildwood (Fla.).
“It was almost a coin flip last year, and we really struggled back and forth between Jimbo and Wes,” Chambless said. “Wes is a fine young man, and he will be a good head coach.”
This will be Tanner’s first stint as a head coach. He spent all six of his years as an assistant coach at Piedmont.
Tanner will be Covenant’s fourth head coach as the program enters its sixth season. The Rams are 17-35, while Hale’s lone team went 1-9.
“I’m extremely excited; this is what assistant coaches work towards their whole careers — to be able to run their own program,” Tanner said. “But absolutely there is some (nervousness) because it’s hard to step out on that limb to take on a new challenge. But it’s time.”