New North Jackson head football coach Chandler Tygard had long list of reason why he was interested in the school’s head football coaching vacancy.
Those reasons ranged from the program’s tradition to community and family ties.
“There were just so many (reasons) that made (the job attractive),” said Tygard, who was the offensive coordinator at Madison Academy last season. “I’ve known about North Jackson for a long time. You’re talking a program with the sixth best winningest percentage in the state (according to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society’s AHSFHS.com). I’m humbled to get this opportunity to be the head coach at North Jackson. I’ve been preparing for this (a head coaching position) for a long time.”
Tygard replaces Mark Rose, who left in February to become the head coach at Russell County. Tygard’s hiring was made official during the Jackson County Board of Education’s meeting Monday morning.
“He was exactly what we were looking for,” said North Jackson athletic director and assistant principal Josh Harding. “He’s a new, 21st-century football coach, getting everybody in involved and getting kids out. He’s a great coach and outstanding guy. He’s going to fit in the community well. He’s going to just give us a fresh start, a reset, somebody that will bring in some new things. He brings a lot of energy and excitement (to the program). He’s been in a ton of successful programs. He’s been around a lot of great football, so we’re hoping he brings a lot of that good to us.”
The 33-year-old Nashville native has an extensive coaching background at the high school and college level. Prior to working last season at Madison Academy — the Mustangs boasted Class 5A’s top scoring offense a year ago — Tygard was the offensive coordinator at Ravenwood (Tenn.) High School in 2017. Tygard was a student assistant/analyst at the University of Tennessee from 2004-11, working for head coaches Phil Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley and for assistants such as John Chavis, Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron. Tygard was then the defensive line coach at University of the Cumberlands in 2012 and the wide receivers coach at Missouri Southern State University in 2013-14.
Tygard was the defensive coordinator for two seasons from 2015-16 at Notre Dame School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During that time, Tygard and his wife Lauren, lived in Bridgeport.
“My wife is from this area and we lived in Bridgeport for two years, went to Bridgeport First Baptist, have a lot of ties to this area,” Tygard said. “We’re excited to be coming back. It feels like coming home.”
North Jackson went 11-1 last season and won the Class 4A Region 7 championship.
“There’s a lot of high expectations here,” he said. “I’m really excited about getting started.”
Tygard wants his team to have a “super aggressive” mindset.
“We’re always looking for the big play,” he said. “We’re always attacking and always playing to win.”