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Smoky Mountain football hires former Tuscola coach JT Postell as new coach



Nearly four years to the day since leaving the mountains, former coach JT Postell is returning to the Mountain 7 Conference as the new head football coach of Smoky Mountain, according to a Facebook post from Jackson County Public Schools.

Postell was the head coach at Tuscola for two seasons (2018-19) following 11 seasons as an assistant coach for the Mountaineers. He was 12-12 and made the postseason in his first year.

“Smoky Mountain High School is excited to bring experience and longitude to the head football coach position,” the district said on social media. “Coach Postell will be relocating to the Jackson County area to become an integral part of the Sylva and SMHS community.”

Postell spent the past four seasons as head coach of East Gaston in Mount Holly, North Carolina, after resigning from Tuscola in November 2019.

Postell brought plenty of success to East Gaston while at the helm. He finished his tenure with a 24-18 record, becoming on the only coach to lead the program to three consecutive winning seasons.

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He departs with a 24-18 record at East Gaston, one of three coaches to leave Mount Holly with a winning mark. Postell is the only head man to lead the Warriors to three consecutive winning seasons. East Gaston reached the playoffs in each of his last three seasons, including a third-round appearance in 2021.

Evan Gerike is the high school sports reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @EvanGerike.

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