Former basketball coach seeks House District 71 seat

News release from David Byrd campaign:
“Coach” David Byrd has announced his candidacy for State Representative for the 71st District of Tennessee. District 71 encompasses the entirety of Wayne County, Hardin County, and portions of Lewis and Lawrence Counties.

David is a native of Wayne County, having graduated from Wayne County High School in 1975. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Health & Physical Education) from Freed-Hardeman University in 1980 and a Master’s Degree (Administration & Supervision) from Tennessee State University.

David is married to the former Sherry Lynn Bunch and they have two children and four grandchildren and two foster children. They attend the Highland United Methodist Church where David serves as a Trustee. He also serves as President of the Highland Cemetery Fund.

David previously served his neighbors as Wayne County Commissioner from 1990-1994. He also is the TSSAA Coordinator for District 12A and Region 6A. David is a member of the NRA and is a member of the Wayne County Education Association and the TEA.

As a lifelong educator (33 years), David has served his neighbors as a Teacher, Coach and Principal at Wayne County High School. During his eight years as Principal, David has worked with the Wayne County Disciplinary Board helping students get their lives back on track. In recognition of his administrative accomplishments, he was named the 2008–2009 TSSAA AF Bridges Principal of the Year.

For 24 years, David served as Head Basketball Coach for the Wayne County Lady Cats. During that time, he was District 12A Coach of the Year ten times; Class A MidState Coach of the Year six times; the 2001 and 2011 Times Daily Coach of the Year; 2011 Tennessee Girls Basketball Coach of the Year; 2011 NFHS South Sectional Coach of the Year and Finalist for NFHS National Coach of the Year. He led his teams to 14 State Tournament appearances with three second-place finishes and two State Championships. In 2002, he was inducted into the Freed-Hardeman University Sports Hall of Fame.

“I am excited about the possibility of serving as State Representative,” said “Coach” Byrd. “Because of my work and life experience, I believe I have much to offer the citizens of the 71st District. I look forward to getting to know these fine people better and letting them get to know more about me and the things I am passionate about.”

Byrd is committed to pursuing education reform, giving local school districts more control over their curriculum, standards, and expectations. He wants to use his education background to assist the district in attracting more industry and provide better paying jobs for his neighbors.

Paid for and Authorized by Friends of David Byrd, Dr. Shirley Curry, Treasurer

Note: The House District 71 seat is now held by Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, who won a squeaker of a Republican primary election in 2012 — 3,243 votes to 3,239 for challenger Shirley Curry, a tea party activist (who, it appears, is treasurer of Byrd’s campaign). He defeated the Democratic nominee, John Crandall, 15,620 to 4,734.