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.

Freeman2Inside Linebackers: 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.  Coach Freeman also teaches U.S. History at CHS.

Outside Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator: Stephen Conway

Stephen Conway is beginning his fourth year at Clarksville High School where he is the Special Teams Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach. During his time at CHS, he has also coached the H backs. Conway graduated in 2001 from Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, Kentucky where he earned letters in football, track, baseball, and wrestling. After high school he went on to play college football at the University of Toledo.

Shortly after arriving at Toledo, the events of September 11th, 2001 set his course on a different path; as he was led to enlist in the United States Army as an infantryman to support, defend, and protect the United States.  After several deployments and multiple combat injuries, Conway made the tough decision to medically retire from the Army after 12 years of service.

Being a stark believer that life lessons and maturity are cultivated on the field of play, he felt the need to lead, teach, and mentor through coaching high school sports. Before coming to CHS, he was the Linebackers coach at Northeast High where he coached all three of the starting linebackers to the All Region team. Since his arrival at the Clarksville High, he has helped lead four of the Outside Linebackers to the All Region team.

Conway serves as an active, ordained deacon at Hilldale Baptist Church. He is married to Hannah Conway, and the couple share three kids: Mclain, Jadelyn, and Willow.

Running Backs: 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

Quarterbacks: Kyle Sickel

Kyle Sickel is entering his second season coaching Quarterback’s for Clarksville High School. In his first season coaching the QB’s he oversaw and guided Wildcat Quarterback Davin Garinger to the Region 7-5A Quarterback of the Year. Sickel is uniquely positioned to coach the Quarterbacks at CHS as he was the Quarterback and team captain of the 2014 CHS team during Coach Shelby’s first season here. Before coming home to Clarksville, Sickel was the Quarterback Coach at Northpoint Christian School in Southaven, Mississippi for two years.

After graduating from Clarksville High in 2015, he then attended Ouachita Baptist University where he graduated with a B.A. and was commissioned into the Army Reserves. He is currently serving as the platoon leader for an Airborne Reserve Company out of Nashville, and is also pursuing a Master’s in Education from Austin Peay State University. He and his wife Abby have been married for two years.

Clarksville is home to Kyle, and he is passionate about the development and growth of the students at CHS. His goal is to help students find their place within their school, teams, families, and their future!

H Backs: 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, 2014, and 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.

Wide Receivers: Ethan Schmidt 

Coach Schmidt enters his third season working with Wide Receivers at Clarksville High School. After graduating from Clarksville High School as a three time letter winner for the Wildcats’ Football and Track & Field Team in 2009, Coach Schmidt attended Austin Peay State University where he received his Bachelors in Broadcasting and Masters in Corporate Communication. After graduating from APSU, Coach Schmidt started a television broadcasting career that allowed him to cover Professional, Collegiate, and high school programs in multiple states. In 2020, he found his way back to Clarksville and joined the Wildcats football staff. He would reunite with Head Coach Isaac Shelby who served as his position coach and offensive coordinator during his prep career at CHS. In his free time, Coach Schmidt enjoys getting to talk sports on his own local sports talk show, hosting the Isaac Shelby Coach’s Show podcast, and calling sports at Austin Peay on ESPN Clarksville and ESPN+. In his personal life, Coach Schmidt is married to his wife, Cali, and has two cats and a dog.