Elizabethton’s Shawn Witten has decided there is no place like home.

According to a Johnson City Press report, Witten had been approached by the Sevier County Smoky Bears about the head coaching position. However, Witten declined their offer to remain at the helm of the Elizabethton football squad.

Entering his eighth season at the helm of the Elizabethton program, the coach has amassed a 58-29 overall record. During that time, the Cyclones are 11-6 in the postseason.

Witten credited several things to staying in Elizabethton including his family, the community and a new football stadium.

Elizabethton is coming off a 10-2 season, including a 9-1 regular season, but the Cyclones saw their season end with a 49-20 second round loss to Greeneville.

Sevier County kept the position in the family as they hired Tony Linginfelter. Linginfelter had served as offensive coordinator on the staff of Steve Brewer.