Independence head football coach Scott Blade has been named the 2015 Tennessee Titans High School Coach of the Year, the Titans announced on Thursday.
Blade, who also won the award in 2008 as head coach at Hillsboro, led the Eagles to the first undefeated season in school history and its first 5A state championship. He is the only coach to win the Coach of the Year award twice.
Indy outscored its opponents 641-171 this season and beat Sevier County 49-14 in the state title game. The Eagles’ offense tallied 7,006 total yards, good for 467 per game.
Blade’s selection qualifies him for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award, honoring high school coaches that display the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by the coach with the most wins in NFL history, Don Shula.
The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award winner is announced in January and will receive $10,000, while the high school football program will be awarded $15,000.
As an extension of the Titans’ High School Game of the Week and Coach of the Week program, the team has given $1,000 to the coach winner each week to benefit the school’s football program. The Titans have donated more than $190,000 in grant funding to football programs across the state.
Blade will be recognized on the field at the Titans vs. Houston Texans game at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 27.