East Hamilton High School 2023

Team Profile

Photos by Andy Mitchell Photography

Q & A With Coach Aaron Nance

Coach Aaron Nance of East Hamilton High School

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

A. Our roster is full of great young men that play really well together. We have several guys stepping into new roles with some big shoes to fill.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. Playing physical football on both lines of scrimmage. It will be extremely important for us to establish a running game on offense and be able to stop the run game on defense.

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

A. Zane Liffick, Kireese Willis, and Trey Crawford.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. A dynamic group of skill players that are capable of making plays in all phases of the game.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A. Depth is going to be a key issue for our team. Making the move up to 5A can really expose some depth issues late in the year, especially when teams in our region  will most likely dress more players on Friday night.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. Our team went deep into the playoffs last year, which is always great experience for your players. Playoff football has a different feel, and it helps knowing that our kids have a lot of experience playing in the post season.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. New offensive coordinator Adron Rebstock and defensive coordinator Gerald Jones have worked tirelessly this off-season to find the best schemes to fit our personnel. Establishing the run game and stopping the run will be the main focus for our team.


Coach name: Aaron Nance (1 yr. as a head coach, 1st as head coach at East Hamilton)

Division/Class: TN I-5A

2022 Overall Record: 9-4

2022 District Finish: 1st

Mascot: Hurricanes

2023 Schedule


18 Hixson (A)

25 Heritage (A)


1 Franklin Co. (H)

8 McMinn Co. (H)

15 East Ridge (H)

22 Howard (A)

29 Ooltewah (A)


6 Walker Valley (H)

20 Sevier Co. (A)

26 Rhea Co. (H)

Coach’s View

We have a new schedule and new region this year, which brings many challenges. Moving up to 5A places us against teams such as Rhea County and McMinn County, which both play a very physical brand of football. Our focus all year has been on establishing a culture of toughness at all positions to prepare us for the new region.