Cleveland High School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography

Q & A With Coach Chandler Tygard

Coach Chandler Tygard of Cleveland High School

Q. How would you characterize
this year’s team?

A. New – new coaching staff, players, and schemes.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. How quickly the players buy in to the new culture and coaching.

Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A. Camden Lockerby, Mycah Jordan,
LJ Adams, Will Brantley, and
Aaron Smith.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. Cleveland has always had talented players and this season is no different. We will have a talented roster.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. This year will be a complete culture and scheme change from previous years and will be a rebuilding program this season.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. Yes – everything will be different. New offensive and defensive schemes, personnel placement, and we are bringing back a separate freshman team for the first time in eight years.

Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A. We have fast and athletic skill players, as well as undersized but athletic front – seven players who are in our wrestling program. We have to find ways to use both of these advantages in our schemes.


Coach name: Chandler Tygard (4 yrs. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at Cleveland)

Division/Class: TN I-6A

2022 Overall Record: 6-4

2022 District Finish: 5th

Mascot: Blue Raiders

2023 Schedule


18 Clinton (A)

25 McMinn Co. (H)


1 Walker Valley (A)

8 Farragut (A)

15 Rhea Co. (A)

22 Red Bank (H)


6 Bearden (A)

13 Maryville (H)

20 Bradley Central (H)

27 Hardin Valley (H)

Coach’s View

Our region schedule is one of the more difficult schedules in the state (Maryville, Bearden, Bradley, and Farragut) but similar to the one our staff was used to in Murfreesboro (Oakland, Riverdale, etc.). We have the traditional non-region games against McMinn, Walker Valley, and Rhea but also add the talented Clinton and Red Bank teams. The key to our season is the players buying in our new style and staying as healthy as possible.