EVENSVILLE, Tenn. (WRCB) -- The competitor in Doug Greene wanted to stay.
His heart told him to go.
Greene resigned Thursday morning after just two years as the head football coach at Rhea County High School to return to Ooltewah as defensive coordinator for new Owls' coach Mac Bryan.
"I would never have even considered leaving here if it wasn't for Ooltewah. That's about as close to home as it gets for me," said Greene, who spent four years as the Owls' defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009.
He left for an assistant position at Carson-Newman on the college level, where he crossed paths with Bryan many times on the recruiting trail. Bryan covered the same territory as Greene recruiting for UT-Martin.
Greene leaves with just a 3-17 overall record in his two seasons with the Golden Eagles, but was quick to note the improvements made in the program over the past 24 months.
Greene wasn't hired at Rhea County until June of 2011, giving him little time to prepare a young team that had just four scheduled home games in his first season. The school originally hired Danny Adams of Winfield, Ala., to replace Jason Fitzgerald, but he resigned the post after just one day.
"I'm satisfied the program is in a better spot now. We worked hard to build it back up, Greene said. "When I got there we had 31 players on the varsity roster, now we're at 80 with a full freshman team. They've got new facilities, a great staff and a great administration, and I think the kids there have made the turn mentally, as well. They're ready to win.
"Somebody is walking into a great situation up there."
Greene has experience working under a trio of Tennessee coaching legends in Benny Monroe (Ooltewah/Cleveland), Ken Sparks (Carson-Newman) and Gary Rankin (Riverdale/Alcoa).
He now joins Bryan's first staff at Ooltewah, where the Owls went 21-14 and made back-to-back playoff appearances the last three years under Shannon Williams.