Reeves, Gillespie Hired As TSSAA Assistant Executive Directors

Monday, April 21, 2008 - by special report to The Chattanoogan
Mark Reeves
Mark Reeves

HERMITAGE, Tenn. -- With the recent retirement of Mr. Bob Baldridge, and the pending full-retirement
of Mr. Gene Beck, Mark Reeves of Springfield was recently hired as a new Assistant Executive Director. At the March Board of Control meeting, Matthew Gillespie of Murfreesboro was named to the same position.

Mark Reeves, 33, comes to TSSAA from East Robertson High School in Cross Plains, where he has been assistant principal for the past two years. He also served in that same role at Springfield High School from 2004-2006. He received his bachelor’s
degree from the Univeristy of Tennessee at Martin in 1997 and his Master’s in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2001.

He participated in football, wrestling, baseball, and tennis in high school and in soccer at the club level.

Mr. Reeves was the head wrestling coach at Springfield High School for nine years and the assistant football coach for four years. He also worked with the cross-country and track programs. As an administrator, Mark has served as host and tournament
director for numerous district and regional tournaments and meets.

Mark will be responsible for the sports of football, wrestling, track & field, and soccer. He will also be responsible for the administration of TSSAA rules and regulations on a daily basis.

Mark lives in Springfield with his wife Jill and their two sons, Garrett (3) and Connor (1).

Matthew Gillespie, 31, will assume the role of Assistant Executive Director in January of 2009. Matthew has been on staff at the TSSAA since 1999. He is a native of
Murfreesboro and received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University
in 1998.

Matthew first started work with the state office as an intern from May through December of 1998. Since joining the staff full-time, Matthew has been responsible for media
relations, state records, the TSSAA News, administration of TSSAA rules and regulations, and the administration of the sport of bowling. He will now assume the duties of all printing, assistance with the football playoffs, and will represent the TSSAA with the Tennessee State Legislature, Tennessee State Board of Education, State Department of Education, and other organizations.

Matthew lives in Murfreesboro with his wife Mary Elizabeth and their two children,Holt (3) and Cari Beth (1).

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)

Matt Gillespie
Matt Gillespie

Randy Smith: SEC Coaches - Early Hot Seats

We are four full months away from the start of the college football season. That's 120 days or so, or one-third of an entire year. Putting it in those terms......we're still a long way from the opening weekend of play. Yet, some of the conversation on sports talk shows has been, " Which coaches are on the hot seat as we begin the 2016 season ?"   When you think about ... (click for more)

Lookouts Fall To Montgomery Thursday, 6-1

Daniel Palka is locked in at the plate right now, but not even a 2-for- 2 night with a walk from the right fielder could give the Lookouts a win tonight, as they fell 6-1 in the series opener against the Montgomery Biscuits. The Lookouts fell behind early as the Biscuits tagged starting pitcher DJ Baxendale for four runs early.  Chattanooga answered ... (click for more)

Federal Judge Rules That Hutcheson Medical Center And Its Trustees Owe Erlanger $36,379,968.20

A federal judge at Rome, Ga., has ruled that the Hospital Authority of Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties and Hutcheson Medical Center are liable to pay Erlanger Health System $36,379,968.20. Judge Harold Murphy, in a 90-page opinion, discarded a counter-claim brought by Hutcheson against Erlanger. He directed that Erlanger be paid $20 million for money it spent while managing ... (click for more)

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson Hospitalized; 2 Cleveland Police Officers Injured After Altercation With Man With History Of Assaults

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson and two Cleveland Police officers were injured Thursday while intervening in a domestic assault in progress. While driving on 25 th St. N.W. Sheriff Watson witnessed the assault, it was stated. When the sheriff tried to intervene, the man involved in the assault attacked him. During the scuffle the man struck Sheriff Watson numerous times, ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cancer Is Not A Battle

I read a marvelous essay not long ago where the author urged, “Stop telling the lie that cancer is a battle … a battle implies a fair fight, and there was nothing fair about my cancer or the cancer that took the life of my friend. Those experiences were about as fair as getting hit by a car – and nobody says people lose their battles with automobiles.” Mary Elizabeth Williams, ... (click for more)