“When I first walked in and they were all together, it was like a flashback – I felt like I was back at Hoover High. You had Jeremy’s office, you had Myra’s, then Brandon’s, Todd’s, Kevin’s all right there. It was the whole Hoover deal which makes me proud and they all deserve it. Every single one of them deserve to be where they are because of what they have done. They have all been successful in so many different ways. Hoover was just part of that chapter, it wasn’t the final chapter.” — Rush Propst
KNOXVILLE — As the 2018 season approaches with the Vols taking the practice field August 3, kicking off fall training camp, Vols Wire takes a look at the former Hoover High School coaches and staff that are now at Tennessee for the Jeremy Pruitt era – Jeremy Pruitt, Kevin Sherrer, Todd Watson, Brandon Sheppard and Myra Miles. Danny Stiff is also on staff at UT as Assistant Director of Player Personnel and played at Hoover, winning three state championships from 2002-04.
The second part of the Hoover to Rocky Top series features Brandon Sheppard. Sheppard is Associate Director of Football Operations at Tennessee.
Sheppard has worked in football since 1991, dating back to his student athletic training time at West Alabama from 1991-95. From there Sheppard worked in the New York Mets organization from 1995-97, serving as a certified athletic trainer, providing athletic training services to players at all levels of the organization from the Major League to in-coming rookie league, including teams in the Arizona Fall League, Hawaiian Winter Baseball League, Fall Instructional League and early spring training with pitchers and catchers.
When Rush Propst was hired as Hoover High School’s head coach in 1999, Propst wanted to go in a different direction for his athletic training staff.
“When I got to Hoover in 1999, I wanted to make a change,” Propst told Vols Wire. “So we started looking and looking at resumes in the late spring of 1999 after being there for 3-4 months. We found Brandon Sheppard in the Mets organization, in the minor leagues as a trainer. We interviewed him and hired him and was with me for nine seasons at Hoover.”
Propst also thought highly of Sheppard’s organizational skills. Sheppard also served in administrative roles at Hoover.
“Brandon is an exceptional organizer,” Propst said. “He was an organizational person who did his job to the fullest. Not only did he know his job as a trainer, but Brandon handled a lot of the administrative things – our travel plans and those things to allow me to be able and coach.”
At Hoover, Sheppard created the National 7on7 Championships in 2002. It developed into a 16 event and National Championship.
In 2015, Sheppard became the Director of USA Football until taking on his new position at Tennessee. Directing the USA Football 7on7 Program, Sheppard is responsible for the overall success of the program. His organizational skills played a big part in the program’s success of operation, management and development of a series of high school football 7on7 regional tournaments, part of USA Football’s high school football development program.