published Friday, February 1st, 2013

Soddy-Daisy hires Justin Barnes as football coach

Justin Barnes is coming home.

The former Red Bank and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback has accepted the position of football coach at Soddy-Daisy.

Barnes, who coached last fall at Dacula, Ga., will begin his duties immediately and will be teaching world geography.

At Red Bank, Barnes was a two-time All-City performer and played for legendary coach Tom Weathers from 1995-1998. He also was a three-year baseball letterman.

During his time at UTC Barnes tied then school and Southern Conference records with six TD passes in a single game. He was with the Mocs as a player from 1999-2002 and served two seasons as a student assistant (2003-2004).

For more on this story, see Saturday’s editions of the Times Free Press.

Contact Ward Gossett at or 423-886-4765.

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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