Dustin Peels

Sequoyah defensive coordinator Justin Peels, a SQHS alum and five-year staff veteran, is leaving the program and taking a position at Halls High School.

There will be a new face coordinating Sequoyah’s defense this fall.

Chiefs defensive coordinator Dustin Peels is leaving the program and joining Halls High School’s staff as defensive line coach. He announced the news on his Twitter account on Sunday, June 16.

“Today I had to make one of the more difficult decisions of my life,” Peels wrote in the tweet. “There has been a great deal of ups and downs the past several months. Taking everything into consideration on where and what I want my career to be going forward I have decided that I will no longer be coaching at Sequoyah High School.”

Peels, a Sequoyah High School alum, played college football for Maryville College and Lindsey Wilson College. He has been on the Chiefs’ staff for five seasons.

“Thank you to the administrators that gave me the opportunity that I have had the past few years,” Peels wrote. “Thank you to my fellow coaches that I have worked with over the years. I have made friendships that I hope to last a lifetime.

“Now for the reason this decision was so difficult and that is because of the kids that I have been blessed to be around the past few years. You all have impacted my life more than you know.”

Peels was a part of new Sequoyah head coach Ryan Bolinger’s introductory cookout on Thursday, May 30. He, along with the rest of the Chiefs’ staff, was addressed by SQHS Athletic Director Justin Miller.

Bolinger was hired in May to replace former head coach Bobby White, whom Peels previously worked under. White resigned from the post earlier that month.

Peels will join new head coach Scott Cummings’ staff at Halls. Cummings, who won the 2014 Class 5A state championship at West, was hired by the Red Devils in December of 2018 after spending the last four years at Cleveland High School.

“From our Waffle House and Mexi Wings trips to our pregame meals and (M)adden tournaments at my house (...) I will continue to be your biggest fan in all that you do,” Peels wrote regarding his former players. “If you ever need anything I am just a phone call away.

“I love you guys more than you will ever know.”

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