Quesenberry named head football coach at Fort Chiswell

Zane Quesenberry
Zane Quesenberry (Brian Bishop/The Patriot)


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The Fort Chiswell Pioneers have named Zane Quesenberry as their new head football coach.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity and challenges,” Quesenberry said today. “Back when I started coaching at Blount Middle School (Tenn.), the coach there said, ‘You will be a head coach one day.’”

“It’s been a dream of mine to become a head coach and I’m ready to get started,” he added.

Quesenberry is a former Pulaski County football player under former Cougar coach Jack Turner. He graduated from Pulaski County in 2009.

He then went on to play football at Maryville (TN) College as a defensive back.

Quesenberry started his coaching career at William Blount Middle School and then moved on to Bearden (TN) High School. While at Bearden he coached tight ends and defensive backs.

Then in 2016, Quesenberry moved back to Pulaski County and became an assistant coach at the middle school and later at Pulaski County High School, and was a teacher at Critzer Elementary School.

Quesenberry then became the defensive coordinator at Auburn High School under now Cougar head coach Cam Akers.

In 2020 he came back to Pulaski County to be an assistant under new head coach at that time, Mark Dixon. There he coached quarterbacks and defensive backs for two years.

After Akers took over at PCHS, Quesenberry served as special teams, running back and defensive backs coach.

He replaces Robert “Spider” Thompson as the Pioneer new coach.

The Pioneers were just 2-18 the last two years. They play in a tough district – the Mountain Empire, with the likes of George Wythe, Galax and up and coming Grayson County. Grayson is coached by former Fort Chiswell and Pulaski County coach Stephen James.