Jody Criswell has been named football coach for Winfree Bryant Middle School, principal Becky Kegley announced.
Criswell will replace Jeramy Ezell, who resigned after one season to take a position with Lipscomb Academy in Nashville.
Criswell has coached more than 10 years at high schools and middle schools in the Memphis area, most recently serving as assistant coach, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Kate Bond Middle School in Memphis.
He has also coached defense, special teams, wide receivers and defensive backs at Frayser, Bolton and Munford high schools.
“I know that he is a perfect fit for our school and our athletic department,” Kegley said of Criswell, who will teach physical education and health. “He has a reputation as a dynamic educator. I have no doubt that he embodies our school mission of ‘Different, and making a difference’.
“[He] is excited to begin building on a foundation for success with the students at Winfree Bryant.”
Criswell played at Gibson County High School in the west Tennessee town of Dyer before playing collegiately at Lambuth, where he was a member of the 1996 Mid-South Champion and NAIA semifinalist Eagles. He also played for the Arena 2 Football League Memphis Explorers in 2001.