Clarksville High Football

A tradition of excellence

Coaching Staff

Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator:                                                                                                 

Isaac Shelby

Isaac Shelby is going into his 12th year as a Head Coach and his 8th as the Head Coach at Clarksville High School. Coach Shelby graduated from CHS in 2001, and returned in 2004 to be an Assistant Coach. He became the Special Teams Coordinator in 2006, helping the team advance the state quarterfinals and a top 10 ranking in the state. After that, he gained the position of Offensive Coordinator in 2007, directing a high powered offense that won the school’s first region championship since 1981.

From 2008-2009, he was the Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Director at nearby Northeast High School, before becoming the Head Coach in 2010. Under Coach Shelby, Northeast quickly became a state power, making the playoffs four years in a row, with consecutive trips to the state quarterfinals, followed by a trip to the state semifinals. In only four years, he became the winningest coach in Northeast High School history, and still is to this day.

He then returned to CHS in 2014 to lead his alma-mater and return the Wildcats to being perennial playoff contenders. In his first year he did just that, as the team returned to the playoffs for the first time in three years. During his tenure, Shelby has guided the Wildcats to several milestones including the most successful regular season in eleven years, their first playoff win since 2007, and also consecutive second round playoff berths for the first time since he was a Coordinator at the school in 2006-2007.

As a Head Coach, Shelby has:

  • Amassed a 42-12 record against teams in the city
  • Made the playoffs nine out of eleven years, with a 10-9 playoff record.
  • Been named All-Area Coach of the Year three times
  • Coached 11 players to the Tennessee All-Star Game
  • Coached 61 players who went on to play college football, 2 of whom played in the NFL

Shelby has a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration from Austin Peay State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Bethel University. He teaches Weightlifting and Interdisciplinary Studies. Isaac and his wife Katie have been married for 15 years, and have a daughter named Luci Claire.

Defensive Coordinator/Director of Athletic Performance:

Taylor Stanley 

Coach Stanley is entering his 7th year on staff at Clarksville High School, and his 5th as Defensive Coordinator and Director of Athletic Performance. A former player for Coach Shelby, Taylor has played a pivotal role in CHS advancing to the second round of the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 2006-2007. During his tenure at Clarksville, he has coached every single position on the defensive side of the ball. In addition to leading the defense, he is also in charge of programming, implementing, and overseeing all of the Athletic Performance training for the team. Coach Stanley is a 2007 graduate of Clarksville High School and was 2 time all area and all region performer on the gridiron. After CHS, he continued his athletic career at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 2007-2011 where he was a 3 time letter winner and an Academic All-American. He has degrees from Tennessee Martin (Bachelor’s), Georgia Southern (Master’s), and Arkansas State (Ed.S.). He and his wife Ally have been married for 6 years and have a son, Beau.

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Ken Freeman

Ken Freeman, a California native, came to Clarksville courtesy of the U.S. Army. He played his collegiate football for the Merced College Blue Devils in California as a wide receiver/defensive back and kick returner. After graduating from Merced, Coach Freeman enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent 8 years supporting various operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After ending his military service in 2005, Coach Freeman then earned his B.S. in History with minors in Geography and Professional Education from Austin Peay State University. He has also earned a Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University. Coach Freeman began his coaching career with Coach Shelby at Northeast High School in 2008 as an assistant coach. Coach Freeman joined the Clarksville High School coaching staff during the 2015 season and is currently coaching Inside Linebackers and is the Co-Special Teams Coordinator.  Coach Freeman teaches US History.

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Jay Bailey

Jay Bailey graduated from Clarksville High School in 1998 having lettered in football, basketball, and track. During his high school career he was awarded many all-area and all-regional honors. After high school, Jay went on to play one season of junior college basketball at Volunteer State, after which Jay returned home to Clarksville and Austin Peay State University to play football from 2000 to 2002. He was inducted into the Austin Peay State University Hall of Fame in 2011. Jay joined the Clarksville high football coaching staff in 2006; he also began coaching basketball two years later. Jay serves as assistant strength and conditioning coach as well as the runningbacks coach. When not at CHS he is the Wellness Director at the Clarksville Area YMCA as well as a Personal Trainer


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Jim Irwin

Jim Irwin graduated from Rossview High School in 2015. While at Rossview High, Jim started 42 out of 43 games on the offensive line and was awarded All Area and All Region honors in 2013-2015, and All State in 2015. Irwin was also nominated for the Harry Galbreath Award both his junior and senior year. After Rossview, he continued his football career at Austin Peay State University during 2015, where he played tight end as a true freshman.  Irwin graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human and Health Performance. Irwin joined the Clarksville High School faculty in the fall of 2020 and is a first year member of the coaching staff.  Coach Irwin coaches the H backs and teaches physical education at CHS.