KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Fulton High School football head coach Rob Black is stepping down, the school announced on Wednesday.
Black served as an assistant coach and head coach for 31 years with the Falcons. During that time, he led the school to three consecutive 4A state championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Black earned his 100th win as a head coach this past season when Fulton beat Scott High School.
“I did a lot to try and make sure I was making the right decision" he said. "It just felt like it was time.”
Under his leadership, Fulton won six district/region championships and had five seasons with 10 or more victories, winning 37 consecutive games from 2012 to 2015. He also coached two Mr. Football winners.
In 2021, the Falcons were the Region 2-4A Runner-up with an 8-4 record.
He hopes the legacy he left extends beyond the football field too.
“I love those players, I love those kids," he said. "The bottom line was to impact those players lives and I think we did a good job of that around here.”
"Rob Black is Fulton High School. While he has achieved tremendous success as our football coach, he has served Fulton is [sic] so many ways. To say Rob is one of a kind is an understatement of major proportions. He grew up as a ball boy here, played here, coached, and taught here and nobody loves Fulton more than Rob. He coached with class and integrity and did things the right way. He ran a program that we all could be proud of, win or lose. Rob is one of my best friends and I am thankful for his friendship and his impact on my life," Fulton Athletic Director Jody Wright said in a statement.