The Tennessee Football Coaches’ Association was founded in 1998 by a group of coaches looking to make a lasting impact on Tennessee high school for the future. When originally founded the organization had a few hundred members. Each year a clinic was offered in conjunction with the state championship games, access to the hospitality room at the games, scholarship to players for the annual TACA East vs. West All Star game and represented coaches at the TSSAA meeting. The clinic came to an end when the TSSAA went to 9 classifications and moved the state games to Cookeville in 2009.
Over the years, the TnFCA has fought for classification changes, including in 2005 when a major overhaul occurred. At that point the association was 500 members strong.
In 2014, the TnFCA Hall of Fame was created to honor the hard work of football coaches in the state. In addition, the association honors a volunteer of the year and a contributor of the year.
In 2015, TnFCA joined forces with the Tennessee Titans in establishing a college recruiting fair in which over 140 high schools and more than 60 colleges (FCS, D2, D3, NAIA, and JUCO) come to together to talk about Tennessee high school football players.
In 2020, the COVID year, the association worked with the TSSAA to ensure that a football season would occur with many modifications to daily operations. During the 2020 year, TnFCA, saw the membership break 1,000 for the first time.
In 2021, the TnFCA joined the Frank Broyles Award honoring the nation’s top assistant football. Each year beginning in 2021 the top assistant coach in Tennessee is honored along with many other states at the annual awards ceremony held in Arkansas.
In the years proceeding 2020, the association has risen to new heights with members each year. In 2023, the Coaches Clinic returned. This time held in mid-February at Ensworth High School. Over 250 members took part in the first year back.