BOONE, N.C. — App State head football coach Shawn Clark has added another key piece to his first coaching staff, hiring Cortney Braswell as an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball.
Braswell, a former high school head coach in Georgia and Tennessee, comes to Boone after serving as a defensive quality control coach at Louisville for the 2019 season.
“We’re excited to welcome Cortney and his son Cayden to the App Family,” Clark said. “Cortney worked his way up the high school ranks and is more than prepared to be a college coach. He has great energy and will bring his relentless work ethic to the football field and our recruiting efforts.”
During his one season at Louisville working for former App State head coach Scott Satterfield, Braswell helped the Cardinals to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football with an 8-5 record and a win over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be at the best place in the country to coach,” Braswell said. “Things like this just don’t happen for kids from rural northwest Georgia. I have so much respect for the championship culture at App State and fond memories of bringing my high school teams here for training camp and talking football with guys like Dale Jones, Nate Woody and Bryan Brown.”
As the head coach at Ridgeland High School in his hometown of Rossville, Ga., in 2018, Braswell led the Panthers to an 8-4 overall record, a Region 6-AAAA runner-up finish and a 34-14 state playoff victory over Flowery Branch before a second-round loss at Cartersville, the eventual state runner-up. Ridgeland also scored a big regular season road win at Sandy Creek.
Braswell was the head coach at Chattanooga Central High School in 2016 and 2017 and led the Purple Pounders to the TSSAA state playoffs twice. He also served on the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Board of Directors, helping to represent the interests of football coaches statewide and serving as a contributing voice with the TSSAA legislation.
A two-time all-state running back at Baylor School in Chattanooga and a Mr. Football finalist for the Red Raiders as a senior in 2004, Braswell graduated from his high school as its single-game and career rushing and scoring leader and later played college football at Liberty University.
He began his coaching career in 2009 as he coached defensive backs at Ringgold. He went on to be defensive coordinator at Soddy-Daisy, East Ridge, North Murray, Chattanooga Central and Bradley Central and was the 2014 District Assistant Coach of the Year during his first stint with the Purple Pounders.
As the offensive coordinator at Chattanooga Notre Dame in 2012, Braswell’s offense was one of the best in the state, where the Irish averaged more than 34 points a game.