Coaching Changes For 2012
Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:39 PM
DC names new head football coach
by Rory Sharrock / Special to the Sentinel
The blueprint for a successful football program is developed during the offseason, and the new chief architect drawing up the plans for stardom in 2012 at Douglas County High School is Jason Respert.
This week not only marked the dawn of a new semester, but a changing of the guard within the athletics department as Respert, 30, was hired as the Tigers’ football head coach. Respert takes over following the resignation of John Oglesby, who will remain with the school as a teacher.
“I’m excited about this opportunity. I’m familiar with the principal (Tim Scott) and his understanding of the role athletics plays within the entire student body. I’m excited to get in, get to work and building this program the way we want it built.”
This upcoming season marks the head coaching debut for the football lifer who has been involved with he sport since childhood. Respert, who born in College Park and raised in Warner Robins, comes to Douglasville after seven years serving as an assistant coach at Northside (Warner Robins), his alma mater, Peach County and Howard (Macon).
Following an illustrious playing career at Northside, suiting up on the offensive and defensive line, he signed a scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee, lining up at guard and center under then head coach Phillip Fulmer. From there, he had a brief stint with the Chicago Bears, but the team wanted to allocate him to NFL Europe. Rather than traveling overseas, Respert decided to return home to Warner Robins to begin the new chapter of his life as a coach.
Throughout his playing and coaching tenure, Respert has overcome mountains of adversity, which will serve him well as he attempts to return the Tigers to respectability. In 2011, Douglas County began the season at 0-6, only to finish at 2-8, and missed the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. During this postseason drought from 2008 to 2011, the Tigers have gone 15-25 and 10-14 in league play. Respert aims to reverse this trend and make teams circle Douglas County on their schedule as a school that will play with ferocious fever that can be felt throughout the entire stadium.
“I can’t speak to the reason why Douglas County hasn’t been successful. But I can say that moving forward; we will work our tails off and make sure our kids are prepared to compete against our opponent. That starts on a daily basis with the coaches building a rapport with the players and gaining their trust so that we can push them to the limit mentally and physically.”
Although he is a former offensive lineman turned offensive coordinator, Respert has a deep-rooted understanding for both sides of the ball. He spends countless hours studying film to uncover the opposition’s weakness and exploit them to his advantage.
This is one of the many great attributes that has the staff at Douglas County overjoyed with his hiring and the direction he has for the team.
“We needed someone to come in and get the program where it needs to be,” said Douglas County athletics director Andre Weaver. “You need a successful football program to get the school turned around. I’m not saying the other applicants weren’t energetic, he (Respert) just had something special about him – not just to give us a winning team, but a winning program.”
Respert has been busy this week shaking hands with the facility and staff as well as speaking with his players to get their views on the pending changes within the locker room.
“The guys were very attentive. I was very candid with them. I told them if we can combine their athleticism with work ethic, discipline and toughness, it will be a recipe for success,” he said.
Currently, Respert has yet to pick a staff to work with him on the sidelines. He will spend the coming weeks deciding whether to retain the assistants that served under Oglesby, or to bring in a new crop of coaches to join him.
Respert and his wife of five years, Noelle, have two sons, Isaiah, 4, and Noah, 2.
Read more: Douglas County Sentinel
Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:25 PM
- New football coach announced for Tift
John Reid, has been named head coach of the Tift County Blue Devils football team.
Reid has been the head coach of the East Paulding Raiders for the past six seasons. Reid has a career record of 60-15 at East Paulding, reaching the playoffs five times.
The announcement was made around 10 p.m. tonight. More information will be released as it becomes available
Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:17 PM
Blue Devils Defensive Coordinator Leaving
Blue Devils Defensive Coordinator Leaving
Elbert County Football is now looking for a new defensive coordinator.
Ron Duncan, who has been with the program for the past 2 seasons, is leaving the Blue Devils to take a position in South Georgia, according to Elbert County head coach and athletic director, Sid Frits.
“He’s going to Screven County, which is just northeast of Statesboro.”
Frits says that Duncan is going to be missed. “He’s been tremendous, a great asset and a good friend. He’s a guy that has been a head coach and knew the grind that I faced daily and was always there to pitch in and help me with those things, he’s just become a really good friend.”
According to Frits, Elbert County will now begin the search for a new defensive coordinator, “We’re going to send out feelers and try to bring in the best possible addition to help us remain competitive not only in the region and our area, but statewide as well.”
Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:44 PM
New Head football coach named for Mount Zion
A big announcement was made for Mount Zion football to start the new year. Ervin Starr is the new head coach for Mount Zion High. Coach Starr is currently the head coach for Rex Mill middle. More information will be coming soon. A parent meeting is tentatively scheduled for this week.
Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:50 PM
Brookstone’s Harrison hired by Tennessee school
3:44 pm January 12, 2012, by Todd Holcomb
Blair Harrison, who led Brookstone to three Region 4-A football titles in his nine seasons at the Columbus private school, was named head coach of Kingston in Tennessee, on Thursday, the Knoxville News Sentinal reported.
Harrison was 73-29 in nine seasons at Brookstone, a private school. Brookstone reached the Class A quarterfinals in 2007.
Harrison is a graduate of the Webb School in Knoxville. He replaces Vic King, who retired after 19 seasons at Kingston.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:35 AM
Butler's Ashley Harden takes over Jenkins County football team
Thursday January 12, 2012
Augusta, Ga--In three short years butler football coach Ashley Harden did things the program hadn't been able to for five plus years. Now harden is heading elsewhere.
The Butler coach will now take over a program looking to rebuild in Jenkins County. During his three years with the bulldogs, Harden took a squad that had lost 41 straight games and turned them into a playoff team.
After a winless first year, they followed that up with remarkable 7 and 8 win seasons, this past year, making the state playoffs.
Now Harden will have his work cut again as the Eagles have won just three games in the last two years. If there's a man that can do it, Harden is probably it.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 04:58 PM
Football coaching searches continue
by Greg Oshust
While Pebblebrook has filled its opening, Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and Walker will soon have new football coaches as the three Cobb County schools enter the final stage of their hiring processes.
After the exit of Randall Smith soon after the season in what was described at the time as the school wanting to “make a change for the program,” Pebblebrook looked from within to find Smith’s replacement, promoting assistant head coach Tommy Macon.
Athletic director Kevin Locke confirmed the hiring of Macon in an email, but multiple attempts at reaching Locke for further comment were not returned.
Harrison is close to securing a replacement for David Hines, who stepped down after four seasons at the helm and a 3-7 record in 2011.
While principal Donnie Griggers acknowledged that the school is near the end of its coaching search, he said he was unable to say anything more at this time about the status of the search.
“We’re getting close, and that’s all I can say,” Griggers said.
It also appears that Harrison’s Due West rival will have a new coach of its own manning the sideline soon as Kennesaw Mountain gets closer to filling its vacancy.
That school’s administration is looking to fill the position vacated by Chad McGehee after two seasons and a 1-19 record.
“We have completed our initial interviews and will be finishing second interviews this week with our search committee,” athletic director John Kelly said. “Our goal has been to be completed with the process and name a new head coach by Feb. 1.”
The new coach would be only the third that Kennesaw Mountain has had in its 12-year history. Scott Jones launched the program and was at the Mustangs’ helm from 2000-09.
Walker is also moving along in its search for a new coach to succeed Ben Williamson, who stepped down after four years but remains at the school as a teacher and assistant athletic director.
Walker, which went 3-7 last fall, has five finalists for its coaching job. According to athletic director Gary Blohm, two of the candidates were interviewed last week, with two being interviewed this week and one more next week.
After that, the field of candidates will be reduced to two, with those prospects scheduled for more in-depth interviews by teachers, students and other groups at the school.
Like Kennesaw Mountain, Walker is looking to name a new football coach by the first week in February.
“We want to make sure that we hire the best coach that we can for Walker,” Blohm said.
The new coaches will lead their teams in a landscape changed by reclassification. Harrison and Kennesaw Mountain will play in Region 4AAAAAA, while Walker will be a part of Region 6A — where it will be joined by county rivals Whitefield Academy, Mount Paran Christian and North Cobb Christian.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:01 PM
Chris Smith was coaching his son’s recreation basketball team Tuesday night when his cell phone rang.
“It was the call I’ve been hoping to get,” said Smith.
Madison County High School principal Dr. Chad Stone informed Smith Tuesday that he will be the Red Raiders’ next head football coach. The county school board voted Smith as the MCHS head coach by a unanimous vote Tuesday.
“It’s been something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” said Smith, a 1992 MCHS graduate. “I’ve wanted that opportunity, but you have to wait and you have to pay your dues.”
Smith was a two-year starting quarterback for Madison County in 1991-92, who went on to stand out at quarterback for Presbyterian College. The Madison County native then came home to work at the high school in 1997, taking an assistant coaching position under Dale Smallen. He worked under Tom Hybl and Randell Owens over the next 14 years, always overseeing quarterbacks and spending time with various other duties, including coaching running backs, the secondary, defensive end and serving as offensive coordinator.
Smith said his time under Hybl and Owens was very valuable and that he’s learned a lot.
The new MCHS head coach said he’s “grateful” and “excited” about the days ahead.
“I’m excited about the new region and about the players we have,” said Smith. “I think we can do some really good things. The foundation has been laid for some great things.”
Smith said he will continue to serve as the team’s offensive coordinator with head coaching responsibilities.
He said Mike Haynes will remain defensive coordinator. Marty Tate will coach special teams. And Jamie Sims will be in charge of strength and conditioning, Smith said.
“I’ve got to find an offensive line coach; that’s my number one priority right now,” said Smith of his coaching needs.
The new head coach said he plans to run a spread offense.
“Offensively, we’ll be in the spread,” said Smith. “That’s where our talent base is. I think we can be very successful in the spread.”
Smith noted that the team played a lot of young linemen in 2011 and that getting guys developed in the trenches is a priority.
With two young boys of his own, the new coach has been very active in coaching youth sports outside of the high school. And he said he’s committed to getting more youth and community coaches involved in the high school program.
For instance, he plans to have a week-long summer camp for Madison County Youth Association kids to develop their football skills. Likewise, he plans to hold a camp for MCYA coaches, too, so that youth coaches know what’s being taught on the MCHS gridiron.
“We want to show them what we’re teaching at the high school level to make things as consistent as possible,” said Smith.
The coach said he welcomes input from the community.
“I want to be as accessible as I possibly can,” he said. “My door is open.”
Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:07 PM
By The Hartwell Sun Editorial Board
Former Hart County head football coach Joby Scroggs announced his retirement last Thursday. Scroggs passed Bulldog legend Bobby Pate this past season on the all-time wins list.
With the exception of the latest campaign, Hart County was an annual participant in the state playoffs, including two trips to the quarterfinals in Scroggs’ nine seasons at the helm. The 2008 Bulldogs shared a region championship.
It’s fair to say Scroggs carried on the strong Hart County tradition of excellence on the football field. He and his coaching staff changed the lives of many young men who wore the orange and black.
Stability is something every program strives to have. The coaching staff for the Bulldogs has remained largely intact since 2006.
Coaching at the high school level in a program with such high expectations is a very demanding job. It’s a year-round commitment that often runs seven days a week, especially during the season.
We applaud coach Scroggs for the commitment he made when he came in 2003 and the job he’s done since. We wish him and his wife, Sarah, all the best in the future.
The search begins for a new coach and a new chapter in the annals of Hart County football. Whether the next leader comes from the Bulldogs very qualified staff or from the outside, we wish HCHS principal Robert Brown and he BOE the best of luck in making the right decison for future
Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:08 PM
Benji Harrison named new head football coach at Jackson County
Benji Harrison, the former offensive coordinator at Flowery Branch High School, was named the new head football coach at Jackson County Comprehensive High School Monday morning.
The decision was made after a one-hour executive session convened Monday by the Jackson County Board of Education. Superintendent Dr. Shannon Adams approved Harrison as a teacher and head football coach.
Harrison will become the 11th head coach in the 31-year history of the program and replaces Billy Kirk, who resigned as head coach in late November after five seasons with the Panthers.
While his contract will begin in July, Principal Scott Smith said Harrison may be seen around the campus as soon as Tuesday.
“I look for him to be on campus after school building relationships with players, their parents and the community,” said Smith.
Smith said the selection process used was designed to find the best coaches and teachers, and he says he is well pleased with Harrison, whom he describes as “the total package.”
At Flowery Branch High School, Harrison has been teaching Honors Social Studies. Since 2008, he has taught ninth grade World History, junior and senior Government/Economics/Individual Law, 10th grade U.S. History and E2020 Credit Recovery.
Harrison was recommended from the 50 applicants. Six persons were interviewed and fielded a series of 30 questions which helped determine which candidate would be the best person for the job. A list of expectations was developed to include attributes for the next head football coach, among those to be an excellent educator, have the ability to build community both inside and outside the school with interpersonal and communication skills.
Harrison was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Flowery Branch team which went to the 2011 state quarter-finals, putting together an 11-2 record.
From 2008-2010, Harrison served as an assistant offensive coach primarily responsible for quarterbacks while assisting with offensive planning and play calling. Flowery Branch went a combined 32-7 in that three-year span and reached the state playoffs all three seasons, including finishing as the state runner-up in 2008 and making the state semi-finals in 2009.
Before coming to Flowery Branch, Harrison was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach as well as quarterbacks coach at Franklin County High School in Carnesville from 2002-07 and assisted in building that program into play-off contenders in a touch region.
He served as quarterbacks coach for Elbert County High School in 2000-01, coaching back-to-back state play-off teams.
A high school athlete at Stephens County High School, Harrison, a quarterback, was a four-year letterman at Presbyterian College.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College in 2000 and earned a Master’s in Health Promotion from the University of Alabama in 2004.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:08 PM
Cherokee Picks New Head Coach
Josh Shaw is a physical education teacher at Etowah High School
By Rodney Thrash
More than two months after Brian Dameron resigned as the head football coach at Cherokee High, school officials today announced his replacement.
Josh Shaw, a defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Etowah High who has helped lead the Eagles to three regional championships and six consecutive playoff appearances, inherits a varsity football program that went 1-9 last season.
Cherokee principal Debra Murdock and athletic director Jack Wallner said in a joint statement that Shaw is ready for the challenge.
He emerged as the top choice in a field of 80 applicants because of his demonstrated ability to build stellar football programs.
A three-time recipient of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's Assistant Coach of the Year Award and a two-time recipient of the Cherokee County Gridiron Club's Defensive Coordinator of the Year Award, a number of Shaw's protégés have gone on to successful collegiate programs.
“Coach Shaw’s combination of leadership, knowledge of the game and great enthusiasm make him the perfect choice to lead the Cherokee Warrior football program,” Murdock said.
Shaw said he's excited to start work at Cherokee.
“I look forward to working with the administration, coaches, faculty and students as we develop a first-class program of which everyone in the Warrior family can be proud,” he said. “It will be an honor and privilege to be part of the rich traditions of Cherokee High School.”
Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:13 PM
From the inside: Dogs’ new coach already here
By Mark Hynds, Editor
Hart County defensive coordinator William DeVane was approved by the Board of Education Tuesday as the new head football coach of the Bulldogs.
DeVane, who has served as defensive coordinator since 2006, returns to a position he held from 1998 to 2000. In that three-year span, Hart County won 38 games, three region titles and played for a state title.
With that record, DeVane knows the expectations will be high.
“We certainly had a lot of success back then,” he said after being introduced to the current coaching staff Tuesday afternoon. “We’re going to strive for that perfection and put forth the effort to get back there again.”
DeVane said over the last few years he’s thought about being a head coach again, “but it had to be the right circumstance. My wife and my girls love it here and we didn’t want to move.”
The former Clemson standout takes over for one of his best friends, Joby Scroggs, who retired after nine seasons at the helm.
“If he (Scroggs) hadn’t brought me back in 2006, none of this would be possible,” said DeVane.
Scroggs left as the winningest coach in Hart County history with 70-31-2 record. but the Bulldogs’ playoff streak of 19 straight seasons ended in 2011.
DeVane said he is very defensive minded and believes “if you limit your opponent’s scoring opportunities you’ll always have a chance to win.”
He said he likes to run the ball on offense and said there will be an emphasis on special teams.
“Since it’s a third of the game, it should be a third of your practice,” he said.
DeVane plans on meeting with the current staff in the next couple of weeks to establish roles and start planning for the season.
While he doesn’t have any concrete roles in mind, he does know who won’t be the defensive coordinator.
“I definitely won’t have a dual role,” said DeVane. “I’ll look within the staff for someone and then give them the means and support to do it.”
The search for a new coach began earlier this month when Scroggs announced his retirement. Because he wasn’t leaving his teaching position, the search was somewhat hindered, according to HCHS principal Rob Brown.
“We’re extermely fortunate that with the parameters of not having a vacant teaching spot that we did have viable candidates on staff,” said Brown. “He (DeVane) would be a viable candidate for any head coaching job at any school. His background and experience speak for themselves.”
Brown said even though the position was never posted, he still received contact from between 15 and 20 coaches in the form of e-mails, phone calls and resumes.
“That’s speaks to the quality of the program, the school and the community,” said Brown.
He said the number one expectation is to continue the Bulldog tradition.
“We may not win every game, but you’ll know you played Hart County when you leave the field.”
Along with being head coach, DeVane will continue in his position as assistant principal.
Hart County superintendent Jerry Bell said that was initially a concern because “it’s an unusual mix.”
“But both (Brown and DeVane) have assured me one (position) will not interfere with the other. I just didn’t want one of the jobs to suffer.”
DeVane said he knows the time constraints of being both a head coach and assistant principal and feels like he can do both. It was one of the main factors for him in taking the position.
“It was my dream job to be in administration and be an assistant coach,” said DeVane. “As head coach, this is a dream plus.”
Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:20 PM
Pickens High School New Head Football Coach
Posted by Cheryl Duncan
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dr. Desper announced Wednesday January 25 that Mr. Chris Parker has accepted the position of Head Football Coach at Pickens High School.
Check back with FYN Sports for updates
Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:38 AM
Hicks call its quits
ALBANY — Jesse Hicks, the man who promised to change not only the football program but the attitude of the community around Dougherty High School, has left his job as the head coach for the Trojans.
#Hicks, who came to Albany two years ago and talked about bringing pride back to the east side and making football important again at Dougherty, won only three games in two years, including last season’s 1-9 record. Dougherty went 0-6 against city rivals in two years and was 0-12 in two years in Region 1-AAA.
#Hicks will be taking a job at Central Macon High, where the Chargers went 1-8 this past season.
#“He turned in his resignation (on Friday),’’ Johnny Seabrooks, Dougherty County’s Director of Athletics, told The Herald on Friday. “I will begin right away to find a replacement so we can give these kids some direction as they head into (spring football).’’
#Hicks built Baldwin into a powerhouse team before coming back to Albany, where he played football and was also an assistant coach at Albany State. He had hopes of doing the same at Dougherty High, but was never able to beat a Class AAA team.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 12:05 AM
Justin Brown Named Trion Football Coach
The Trion Board of Education has approved the hiring of Justin Brown as the head football coach for the Trion Bulldogs. AM 1180 will have more Tuesday in local news broadcasts.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:17 PM
Veteran south Georgia coach Andy Scott comes north to Kennesaw Mountain
by Greg Oshust
The Marietta Daily Journal
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After staying in the metro-Atlanta area for its last hire, Kennesaw Mountain went into south Georgia for its new football coach.
Lee County defensive coordinator Andy Scott, who has spent most of his nearly 20-year coaching career in the central and southern portions of the state, will be manning the sidelines for the Mustangs beginning next fall.
Scott replaces Chad McGehee, who stepped down in November after two years at the Kennesaw Mountain helm.
It will be the second head-coaching job for Scott, who was the coach and athletic director at Perry from 2005-09.
Scott is excited about taking the reins at Kennesaw Mountain and sees potential for success.
"To be honest, I am extremely fortunate to be coming to Kennesaw Mountain," said Scott, who turns 42 on Feb. 12. "I have been doing some research into Kennesaw Mountain, watching some game film, and I know, with the returning players and the returning coaches on staff, there is a lot of promise, so I'm very excited about the opportunity."
Scott was chosen after a two-month search, with coaches, boosters and returning players among those involved in the process.
"We are excited about what he will bring to our football program, school and community" Kennesaw Mountain athletic director John Kelly said. "He has experience as a head football coach and such a strong commitment to hard work, discipline and building relationships with his players, that we think he is a perfect fit for our football program, school and community.
"We included members of our coaching staff, boosters, as well as returning players in the process and he was a unanimous selection by all parties involved."
Scott was the defensive coordinator at Lee County for one year after serving in the same capacity at Walnut Grove under current Campbell coach Harris Rainbow in 2010.
In his tenure at Perry, a Class AAA school about 30 miles south of Macon, Scott compiled a 27-29 record in five years. His time with there was highlighted by the 2007 season, when the Panthers went 9-4 and reached the state quarterfinals.
Scott, who was an offensive lineman at Warren County High School in McMinnville, Tenn., and later played on the college level at Memphis and Middle Tennessee State, was a defensive coordinator at Perry from 2001-04. He has also served as an assistant on the staffs at Warren County and two other south Georgia schools - Troup County and Coffee County.
Scott will face a challenge in turning around the fortunes of a Kennesaw Mountain program that has had three losing seasons in a row, including a 0-10 mark in 2011.
However, he believes that the ingredients are in place for the Mustangs to establish a winning tradition.
"The biggest thing I've noticed is there are a good group of kids there," Scott said. "One thing I want to bring to the team is a sense of family and a discipline that we will show every Friday night. I know that there is a strong tie between the community and Kennesaw Mountain, and there are a lot of positive things here that will allow us to be successful. There are so many things to tap into here, so I think this is a great job."
Scott will install a spread option offense, similar to the one used by Georgia Tech, and a 3-3 stack defense.
He will also bring a philosophy that includes giving his players more of a leadership role on the field.
"The biggest thing to do here is to teach our players to be leaders," Scott said. "Some of the best teams I have been a part of have been player-driven rather than coach-driven. The most important thing is teaching our kids to be great leaders. I want to create a family atmosphere where we will come together and play as one heartbeat. I'm also a great believer in the weight room and conditioning. I want us to be a well-conditioned football team. I want us to be prepared to win, to put our players in situations to win."
Improving week by week will be the main focus for Scott next fall as he hopes to get Kennesaw Mountain on the winning track.
"Our main goal is to get better every week," Scott said. "I'm a process guy and I believe, if you continue to improve, the wins and losses will take care of themselves. I want us to be a better team at the end of the season than we are then when we play North Paulding in a preseason scrimmage in August."
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:19 PM
Pickering leaving Sumter Central Jaguars
Andre Pickering has resigned as football coach at Sumter Central to take a similar job in Georgia.Buy Photo Photo | Andrew Carroll
By Andrew Carroll
Published: Friday, February 3, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:17 a.m.
YORK | Andre Pickering, who united players from rival schools, has resigned as head football coach at Sumter Central High School.
Pickering announced his decision Wednesday as 12 seniors on Sumter Central’s first team signed college scholarships. Darren Lake, an All-State defensive lineman, signed with national champion Alabama.
Pickering said as many as 14 of the 28 seniors could end up signing.
“It makes me feel very happy,” said Pickering, who coached Livingston to a 7-3 record in 2010. “I wanted to take care of them before announcing that I was leaving.”
When the new Sumter Central High School opened last fall, the prospective talent pool included players from Livingston High and Sumter County High in York. Pickering directed the Jaguars to a berth in the Class 4A playoffs, but the AHSAA ruled that the team had to forfeit four victories for using ineligible players. Pickering was suspended, and the season ended when the Jaguars lost to eventual champion Jackson 35-7 in the first round. Sumter Central would have had an 8-3 record without the forfeits.
“With the whole thing with the athletic association and getting some games taken away from us, we were not able to win it all,” he said. “We had one goal, and that goal was to win the state championship. When we combined the two schools, I thought we had enough athletes to win it. Since things didn’t work out for us that way, to see these guys signing a football scholarship I think that’s bigger than winning a state championship. That was the goal all along — for these kids to further their education — and that’s what we did. That mission has been accomplished.”
Pickering will become the head football at coach at Morrow High School in Georgia. He said he and his wife, Barbara, will live in Dallas, Ga.
“My home is still in Georgia,” Pickering said. “My wife has a pretty good job (as a lobbyist). With the opportunity she had in Georgia, she couldn’t move.”
Pickering said Morrow has a student population of about 1,400, but the football team went 0-10 last season.
“They’re rebuilding,” he said. “The stuff that I learned here through trial and tribulation, I learned what to do and what not to do.”
In preparing for the 2011 season, Pickering was encouraged by what he called a “dominating” performance in a spring jamboree. He instituted a rule that if a player missed three summer workouts he would be off the team. He said he didn’t lose any players.
“I think we planted a good seed here, athletically and academically,” Pickering said. “I want to say thank you to the coaches. They bought in to what I was trying to do. They were great guys.”
Posted 07 February 2012 - 10:09 PM
GAC's Cokely steps down as head football coach
Greater Atlanta Christian is in the market for a new head football coach after Tim Cokely announced his resignation Tuesday.
#Cokely accepted the head coaching position at Marianna (Fla.) High School, ending a successful two-year run as the Spartans' coach. He notified his players of the decision Tuesday morning and the rest of the GAC community was alerted of the news Tuesday afternoon.
#He went 17-5 in two seasons with the Spartans, who have begun a search already for his replacement.
#It's a return to Florida for Cokely, who spent a good portion of his coaching career at Tallahassee's North Florida Christian.
#He said the move was best for him and his family, and one of the draws is bringing them closer to family. The coach's son attends Florida State and his mother-in-law lives in Tallahassee.
#"(Leaving GAC) was not something I was thinking about, but it was something I've been praying about," said Cokely, who won his 100th game as a head coach against Marianna. "I was making sure I'm not just looking for something bigger and better and that inside, it's God's will for my life and something that's right for me and my family."
#The timing of the move worked well, Cokely said, with his son graduating this year from GAC. His daughter, a GAC freshman, also approved of returning to Florida.
#"She's been an inspiration to me," Cokely said of his daughter. "A lot of times kids get taken out of their environment and view it as a negative. But she viewed it as, 'Dad, I have friends in all kinds of places.'"
#A Fullerton, Calif., native, Cokely came to GAC with a successful background that included five state championships at North Florida Christian from 1996-2001 and a sixth when he returned there after coaching at Colquitt County for three seasons.
#He inherited a GAC program that went 5-16 in 2008-09, including a 1-9 mark with a young team in 2009. His first GAC team went 9-3 and made the state playoffs, and his 2011 squad was 8-2, narrowly missing the playoffs with a loss in the region play-in game.
#"The programs we've built in the past, it isn't about me, it's about the program," Cokely said. "We try to build them fundamentally correct and spiritually sound. If you build programs with a solid foundation, they remain successful. That's my wish, my desire -- for the same thing to happen for GAC."
#GAC is currently accepting applications for the head football opening.
#"While Tim's tenure at GAC has been brief, he has invested much in our school, students, families, and football program," GAC principal Scott Harsh said. "Under his leadership our team has gone 17-5 over the last two seasons. We have appreciated Tim's strong work ethic, discipline, and commitment to developing our program."
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:31 PM
Cedar Shoals names Davis new football coach
The football coaching selection committee at Cedar Shoals didn’t want to settle.
It wanted someone who had proven success, someone who had coached top-tier high school athletes before and someone who could bring a spark to the program.
Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) coach Chris Davis appeared to be all of that, and he was hard to miss with a reference list that included Georgia coach Mark Richt.
“Coach Davis has a great pedigree in terms of winning, and he certainly is knowledgeable when it comes to football,” said Cedar Shoals athletic director Roger Edmonds, a member of the committee that interviewed coaches for the position. “He seems to really care about this game and the kids, and his credentials sold us.
“When we went through and vetted everyone we interviewed, Chris rose to the top.”
Davis, 37, was approved at Thursday’s Athens-Clarke County Board of Education meeting and is expected to start at Cedar Shoals after spring break, just in time to begin putting together a new staff and getting to know the athletes before the start of spring practices in May.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun to come in and get to work and really pick up the intensity,” said Davis, who will be introduced to Cedar Shoals students today. “I know I’m behind the eight ball a little bit with mat drills and winter conditioning, but I’ll come in and hit the ground running and not look up until the season starts.”
Davis, who resigned from his position in Florida on Wednesday, went 18-13-1 through three seasons at the helm in Palm Beach Gardens and was 9-3-1 in 2011, reaching the FHSAA Class 8A quarterfinals before falling to the eventual state runner-up. Previously, he was an assistant coach at perennial Florida powers Lakeland, Glades Central and Fort Meade.
Cedar Shoal is a long way from home for the Sunshine State native, who played quarterback in Clewiston, just a 70-mile drive west from Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida. But he said he was drawn to the opportunity in Athens by his relationship with several Georgia coaches and the interest he and his wife had in the city after bringing players to a camp here.
“My wife loves Athens and I do, too,” Davis said. “It just felt like a perfect fit, especially after talking to some of the people involved in the interview process like (principal Tony Price) and Roger Edmonds. It was nice to have a principal and athletic director who had the same core values. That really turned us on to thinking that there might be an opportunity worth looking at in Athens.”
Richt, in a statement released through the school, said he was excited for Davis.
“I came to know Chris through the recruiting process last year,” Richt said. “He is highly organized, has a great relationship with his players and is an outstanding football coach. I certainly am excited for him and wish him the very best as he becomes a member of our community.”
Glenn Townsend, the chairman of the Cedar Shoals Football Lettermen Club, said many of the former players involved in the organization believe Davis was the right choice to reinvigorate a program that went 5-5 in 2011 and last had a winning season in 2008.
“We were hoping they would hire somebody that could really regenerate the tradition that Cedar Shoals once upon a time had,” Townsend said. “It wasn’t that long ago they played for the state championship, but then things fell into mediocrity. ... We think that, with Chris as the new coach, people can say Cedar Shoals is serious about hiring a good football coach and turning that program around, and we hope that really inspires all of the athletic teams there, too.”
One of the factors Cedar Shoals’ search committee considered was a coach’s ability to develop athletes. Davis has established his own training regiment and had a pair of FBS recruits sign last week in offensive lineman Avery Young, who chose Auburn over Georgia, and running back Roshard Burney, who signed with West Virginia.
“You don’t have to lift 400 or 500 pounds in a football game, but you do have to go at a pace that’s fast and furious every day,” Davis said. “I try to maximize our time in the weight room to get as much done as we can at the right pace, and I try to find the most explosive lifts out there to develop those muscles better. Looking at the facility (at Cedar Shoals), we’ve got everything there to put that together.”
Davis said he will look at the team’s personnel before implementing anything but described his offensive style as “an I-formation disguised as the spread” and that he likes to run an odd-man defensive front with a system that will develop around his players’ strengths.
The hire ends a tumultuous search at Cedar Shoals that saw a round of about 10 applicants interviewed only to have the job reposted and more interviews conducted.
Davis could lead to some increased stability as he is the team’s fourth coach in less than two years.
Xarvia Smith was fired at the end of the 2010 season, and his replacement, Don Hudson, stepped down three months after his hiring for personal reasons. Jaguars basketball coach and football assistant Dreco Thomas took over in the summer, and Davis is expected to start after spring break.
Smith spent three seasons in the position, and prior to that, Scott Wilkins spent 14 seasons as head coach and was only the fourth coach in school history dating back to 1972.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:33 PM
Etowah Names Football Head Coach
Dave Svehla is the seventh football head coach for Etowah High School
By Lindsey Davidson
The Cherokee County School Board named Dave Svehla the Etowah High School football head coach tonight.
“I have been a football head coach for 13 years, but feel the same excitement as Year One," Svehla said.
Svehla headed El Paso Gridley High School's football team in Illinois for two seasons. He has also worked as a head coach for 11 years spanning from Lincoln Northeast and Raymond Central high schools in Nebraska, seven and four years respectively. He made eight state playoff appearances including two trips to the quarterfinals and one state semi-final.
"I want this program to be more than just what happens on the turf on Friday nights," Svehla said. "I want it to be something that our players are proud to be a part of, and something they will remember the rest of their lives.”
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:37 PM
GAC hires Mountain View's Hardy as head football coach
By Will Hammock (559)
Three days after Tim Cokely's resignation went public, Greater Atlanta Christian announced his replacement as head football coach.
#The Norcross private school stayed within the county for the new coach when it hired Mountain View's Tim Hardy, who spent the past three years starting up the Bears' program.
#"Tim Hardy's mission and Greater Atlanta Christian School's mission are perfectly aligned," GAC president David Fincher said. "The Spartan football program plus the character and faith of GAC young men will thrive in the years ahead."
#Hardy had a 9-15 varsity record in the start-up Mountain View program, which went 9-1 overall in varsity/junior varsity competition in its inaugural 2009 season. The Bears made great strides in recent seasons, even upsetting established program Mill Creek last fall.
#Prior to working at Mountain View, Hardy spent 10 seasons coaching at Wheaton College, his alma mater. While there, he coached several Gwinnett high school products, including Jeremy and Joseph Chupp of Greater Atlanta Christian. Jeremy and Joseph are the sons of longtime GAC head and currently assistant football coach Jimmy Chupp.
#Hardy helped Wheaton to five straight conference championships and five NCAA Division III playoff appearances as a coach, following his career from 1995-98 as a quarterback there.
#"While his ability to teach young men the game of football is impressive, Tim's great attribute is his deep and vibrant faith in Jesus," GAC principal Scott Harsh said. "Tim is a gifted leader who will undoubtedly influence our students to more fully seek the kingdom of God."
#Hardy inherits a GAC program on the upswing. After going 5-16 in 2008-09, GAC was 17-5 with a state playoff appearances in two seasons under Cokely, who resigned to become head coach at Marianna (Fla.) High School.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:39 PM
Rockdale selects new football coach
Mario Allen has proven he's up to the challenge required as Rockdale County's new football coach.
A former coach at Florida A&M and Alabama A&M , and a former professional football player, Allen took over as Columbia's coach three years ago in a similar situation. The Columbia Eagles, in DeKalb County were thought of as primarily a basketball school with not much success on the football field.
After going 3-7 during his first season in 2009, Allen then led the Eagles to a 6-5 record in each of his next two years. It was the first time in 15 years Columbia had back-to-back winning seasons. In 2011 he led Columbia to its first playoff appearance in 10 years.
"It's kind of similar to Columbia in Rockdale," Allen said. "The football program when I came (to Columbia) was a lower tier team in the county. And over the last three years we were able to transform the program."
That is a model he hopes to translate to Rockdale, another strong basketball school.
"Rockdale is in a little better situation," Allen said. "I know they're talented there, and their basketball team is pretty good like Columbia. There are athletes roaming the hallways. I'm just trying to bring excitement back."
Allen was named the successor to Michael Etheridge, who was dismissed back in December, after the school board verbally approved his hiring Thursday night.
He was one of three finalists selected by a panel led by Rockdale Principal Georgi Nour.
"I'm pleased with the results when I do what's best for our young men," Nour said. "With his experience at Columbia High School, he was very successful there."
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:46 PM
Walker goes East for new football coach
by Greg Oshust
firstname.lastname@example.org The Marietta Daily Journal
February 10, 2012
Walker conducted a national search to find its new football coach.
In the end, however, the school found its man right in its own back yard.
John East, the former athletic director and a coach of multiple sports at Whitefield Academy, was named the Wolverines’ new football coach Wednesday.
East, who will also serve as an assistant athletic director at Walker, as well as an assistant coach on the school’s new junior varsity lacrosse team, replaces Ben Williamson, who stepped down in November after four years at the helm.
“I’m so excited to have this opportunity,” East said. “I had some (athletic director) opportunities, and some other football opportunities, but Walker was absolutely the best opportunity for me. It’s a tremendous school with tremendous people, and I can’t wait to get started.”
East was the choice of a nine-person search committee that represented by a number of groups from the Walker School community. The school received around 160 resumes from all across the nation for the position.
“I’m extremely excited about John joining our staff,” athletic director Gary Blohm said. “The most important thing about John is that he is a man of integrity. It was important to have somebody to run the program that has the kids’ best interest at heart, and John is that man. He brings so many things to the program. He’s a builder and not a maintainer. He is going to build such an excitement for the program that a number of kids will want to be a part of the program. John has a strong passion for football and he brings a wealth of knowledge. He will bring a balance to the program.
East also brings plenty of experience to the job, with 36 years in coaching. He coached high school football in New Orleans and at the Lovett School in Atlanta. He has also coached a number of other sports on the high school level.
East’s most recent stop was at Whitefield, where he spent seven years as the athletic director before stepping down following the 2010-11 school year. In his time with the Wolfpack’s athletic program, East never coached the football team, but he did coach a variety of other sports there, including wrestling, volleyball, lacrosse, golf and track and field.
East is inheriting a Walker team that has experienced three consecutive 3-7 seasons and hasn’t had a winning season since a 6-4 mark in 2006.
For East, building the Wolverines’ program is the top priority.
“I look at this as a complete program,” he said. “Varsity, JV, middle school — it’s all part of the same program. I have plenty of experience building programs. I’ve coached a lot of sports, but football is my passion and I look forward to building a strong program at Walker.”
East said he will be flexible on offense and defense, running multiple formations on both sides of the ball.
“On offense, we’re going to run and pass the ball,” East said. “On defense, I don’t want to get locked in (on one formation). It will depend on the other team and what they will do. We will be aggressive. We’re going to go at it hard.”
East’s first Walker team will be joined in a reconfigured Region 6A by his employer-turned-rival Whitefield, as well as fellow county rivals Mount Paran Christian and North Cobb Christian.
East will step on the field for the first time as Walker’s coach when the Wolverines’ host Landmark Christian for a preseason scrimmage Aug. 17. The Wolverines will then host Temple in their regular-season opener a week later.
Taking it one game at a time will be East’s approach in his first year at the Walker helm.
“I would love to win region, not so much for the trophy, but so we can play our first two state playoff games at home,” East said. “That would be the most important thing — playing our first two state playoff games at home. Other than that, the most important thing for me is simply to win the next game. I just want to focus on the game at hand and take it week by week.”
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:44 AM
Fannin Finds Football Coach in Chambers
Posted by LT Meltonin Featured Stories, Sports
Monday, January 30, 2012
Greg Chambers, the Fannin County High School Athletic Director and Interim football coach since the dismissal of Clark Drennan, had the interim tag removed, solidifying him as the new head coach of the Rebels. Fannin High School principal, Erik Cioffi, said,
“I’m very excited and proud to announce that Greg from interim head coach, to full time head coach.”
Cioffi, felt that Chambers was
“a perfect fit for the school system”,and
“he brings a lot of experience, and he’s been a part of the success, that Fannin County High School has had in the last decade.”Cioffi, citing a plethora of platitudes to present Chambers’ qualifications said, “I’m behind him 100%, because I know that Gregg knows the players. He knows the community. He’s got such a strong character and high morals. And that’s evident with him with his last year in the class room, when he was Teacher of the Year for Fannin County school system.”
Chambers, who had previously worked as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator before becoming the Athletic Director, will remain the Athletic Director; however, his exact duties, in accordance to his new responsibilities, have not been determined.
Chambers who has met with the players, and is scheduled to meet with the staff shortly talked about what he envisions for the Fannin football team.
“We’ll be a run orientated offense, not much different from what you’ve seen. Maybe you’ll see some different variations of the run.”
The new “full region” fall schedule, and the elimination of the “play-in”game, was discussed as well.
Principal Cioffi explained,
“We actually came from our regional principal and AD meeting today, and we voted to play a full region schedule in all sports, so that kind of eliminated the whole sub-region.”
“We talked about this, it brings a lot of community to our region. The previous region was a great region, a lot of great coaches in there, but it almost felt like when to the region meetings, it was north versus south. There was a lot of division, and it felt like there was always tension. Not with this region none of has lined up. We’ve played some of those teams, and certainly some of them we’ve never played, but there seems to be a lot of camaraderie and unity amongst all the region coaches.”
Chambers also spoke about the difficulties of traveling to region road games.
“Unless they come up with some kind of geographical region for us, I don’t think it would matter what region we were in, we’d just to have to travel, no pun intended. We don’t have a super long trip, like an Oglethorpe, or East Jackson. Banks, and Buford are probably going to be our fartherest trips. We have Banks here, and Buford away (in the upcoming football season).”
Chambers coaching career began as a graduate assistant under Ray Goff at UGA. His foray into coaching started as a result self described “dumb luck.” His roommate at the time was a grad assistant, and he invited Chambers to join him. Chambers graduated UGA in 1994 and has been at Fannin County High School since the fall of 1995.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:30 AM
Bleckley County Names New Football Coach
Dublin assistant coach Tracy White is the new head football coach at Bleckley County High School.
White's hiring was unanimously approved by the Bleckley County School Board on Monday.
He succeeds long-time head coach Sam Barrs who retired at the end of the 2011 season.
White was an assistant under Barrs when he coached at Dublin and also spent a year with him at Bleckley County.
White spent the past three seasons on Roger Holmes staff at Dublin where he coached the Irish running backs.
He spent a total of 12 years with the Irish.
"He'll be a real good fit," said Barrs commenting on White's hiring. "I think this is gonna be really special for him."
Bleckley County will play in Region 4AA next season with seven other schools including Northeast Macon, Putnam County and Lamar County.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:34 AM
LHS Has New Football Coach!
Please welcome new head football coach, Mike Rozier. Coach Rozier comes to us from Henry County High School where he put together a string of five consecutive years of having his team in the state playoffs. Coach Rozier tentatively plans to be at Lakeside Thursday, February 23rd, to visit the school and meet players. He also plans to have a team meeting March 1 before school (probably in the gym) and a parent meeting that night at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:36 PM
As we just reported on News Channel 6 Sports, Kevin Hunt is named the new head football coach at Greenbrier High School. Hunt has been an assistant at Greenbrier and was previously head football coach at Cross Creek. We'll have more on this story tonight at 11 PM.
Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:11 AM
Chamblee hires one of its own to coach
By Christopher Yale Smith For The Crier thecrier.net | 0 comments
In selecting her fifth head football coach in seven years, Chamblee principal Dr. Rochelle Lowery decided to run one of her favorite plays— have an alumni be the head coach of a team.
It has worked in baseball; Brian Ely has been the head coach for seven years. It has also worked in wrestling where Adam Winkler has run the program for six years.
On Feb. 7, the DeKalb County Athletics Department announced Allen Johnson, who is currently a business education teacher at Chamblee, as Chamblee’s new head football coach.
When Johnson was a student at Chamblee, he was a four-year letter winner and three-year varsity captain. On offense, he was a fullback; and on defense, he was a linebacker.
“It’s an honor to come back to my alma mater to coach football in front of old classmates, family and friends,” said Johnson, who was born and raised in Lynwood Park. “I consider it a privilege to be mentioned on the same list as past greats like Coach Eddie Rains.”
As a tight end, Johnson played college football at East Tennessee State. Once his college days were over, he was a graduate assistant for one year. Prior to becoming a teacher, Johnson worked in corporate as an internet site and software developer.
Johnson has been a teacher at Chamblee for four years. From 2008-2010, he was an assistant coach for former Chamblee head coach Mike Collins.
“Being away from the players for the past two seasons, I’m excited to get back out to spring practice and learn the strengths of individual players,” said Johnson. “This season I hope to begin building a solid foundation for a successful Chamblee Bulldog football program.”
The transitional process of assembling a coaching staff has begun, and Johnson will hold a football interest meeting this Thursday evening at Chamblee.
Although Chamblee will graduate a few key seniors this spring, the nucleus of the team will return. The student body, which is already familiar with Johnson, has given him a vote of confidence.
“Many of the players have told me that they are excited about the upcoming season,” said Johnson. “I’ve received overwhelming support of faculty and staff. There seems to be a renewed sense of Bulldog pride.”
Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:15 AM
Decatur High Hires Head Football Coach From Chattooga
Brad Waggoner plans to restart the middle school football program.
Decatur High's new football coach said Tuesday night that an important step in rebuilding the program is restarting the middle school and youth football programs in Decatur.
Brad Waggoner, 37, has been head coach at Chattooga High in Summerville since 2009. He accepted the Decatur job Tuesday, Decatur High Athletic Director Carter Wilson said.
Waggoner said in a telephone interview Tuesday night that developing talent for Decatur High is crucial, which is why he'll revive the Renfroe Middle School football program started next season. It was eliminated a few years ago in a cost-cutting measure.
"I want to win every game, but I'm not here for a quick fix," Waggoner said. "We've got to build that middle school program and there will be a middle school team starting next year."
He also wants to restart a youth football program, "which means starting in the third grade you can become a Decatur Bulldog. That means by the time you reach middle school you're used to being a Bulldog and that way you won't lose kids."
Waggoner said he'll meet the Decatur High team next Monday and a week after that begin an off-season training program. The team will have a 10-day spring practice in May.
He'll keep teaching at Chattooga High and make the 95-mile trip to Decatur for training.
Waggoner was also a head coach in Pike County, Ala., and Luverne, Ala.
A Summerville News story in January 2009 said Waggoner led Luverne to three playoff appearances and two region championships in three seasons. His overall record there was 25-11.
He said his overall record is 54-33 and that he's taken teams to the playoffs 6 of 8 years as a head coach. He was 5-5 last season at Chattooga, which plays in the north 7-AA region of Georgia.
The native of Fayetteville, Ga., played two years at Georgia Tech and two years at Liberty University, graduating in 1997.
Wilson, the DHS athletic director, said 107 people applied for the coaching job. Waggoner replaces Price Jones, who resigned in December. In four years Jones went 18-23 (.439 winning percentage) including his only winning season of 6-4 in 2010. The Bulldogs were 4-6 last season.
Waggoner said he'll emphasize defense.
"My philosophy is to win on defense," he said. "There will be nights when you struggle offensively so you have to be sound defensively to give your team a chance to win."
He said offense must be built around a strong running game. "You can't win unless you run the football," he said.
Waggoner summarized his background in a March 2009 question-and-answer interview with Georgia Varsity Sports Vent shortly after taking the Chattooga job.
I played high school ball at Landmark Christian and played college ball at Georgia Tech. I got my college coaching career started at VMI as a GA, left there and went onto the University of Alabama and was a GA there for 2 years. I was then hired at my first full time position at University of West Alabama. After a few college stops I got back into high school and was on the Sandy Creek staff under Rodney Walker for 3 seasons. I was a defensive coordinator at Fayette county high school for one season. I got my first head coaching job at a school down in Daytona Beach Fla where we made the playoffs. I then replaced Mike Dubose at Luverne high school in Alabama. We won the region 2 out of 3 years I was there and our 2006 team went to the quarterfinals. From there I went to Pike County high school in Alabama where we got beat in the playoffs by Luverne.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:38 PM
Chuck Goddard named new head coach at East Paulding
The East Paulding Football Touchdown Club would like to extend their congratulations and support of our new head coach Chuck Goddard. Coach Goddard comes to us from Walton High School in Marietta where he served as a defensive assistant from 2006 to 2008 and defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2011. The Walton Raiders of East Cobb went 53-19 during his tenure and made five trips to the state playoffs which include a trip to the 2011 AAAAA state championship game.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:41 PM
Updated: It's official: Strickland gone
Posted by Walter Geigerin Sports
Friday, February 17. 2012
Updated: 11 hours ago
As reported here yesterday, Trojan head football coach Jason Strickland is moving on to coach the Fitzgerald Hurricanes.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:04 PM
Troup High School football players protest coach’s dismissal
by Sherri Brown Staff writer
About two dozen Troup High School football players walked out of class shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday to protest personnel issues with head coach Charles Flowers.
Flowers, who has been football coach for two years at Troup High School, no longer works or coaches at the school, confirmed Tina Duckett, director of public relations for Troup County Schools.
“It’s unfortunate. You can understand the affinity a student has for his coach. They’ve stated what he means (to them), but they don’t have all the details,” Duckett said. “That’s the other side of it and I’m not at liberty to tell (those details).”
Flowers, a graduate of Troup High, took over the coaching position at the school in 2010.
Players left class about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday and were allowed to protest without penalty until 11 a.m. They gathered beneath the flag pole in front of the main entrance.
“We walked out of class to get Coach Flowers back,” said junior Maurice Swain, one of the team’s top defensive players. “This isn’t about football, this man is like a father to some of us.”
Players spoke of Flowers as more than a coach on the field. He served as a father figure to many of the students, especially those who didn’t have fathers in their lives.
“He changed my life. I had an attitude problem and Coach sat me down and had a talk with me,” said Reuben Foster, a junior all-state player. “Now I’m a good student. My attitude’s good. I don’t have a father – he’s my father. We want him back.”
Foster is one of the most heavily recruited players in the country and has verbally committed to play at the University of Alabama.
“I just want my Pop back,” he said.
Joe Sanders, a junior defensive lineman who played at LaGrange High School as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Troup High, said Flowers was the reason he had received multiple offers to play college football.
“Coach Flowers took me to camp, pushed me hard, got me out there,” Sanders said. “I’ve got five offers from colleges already and it’s because of him.”
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:20 PM
Livingston Named New Head Coach at CHS
Chattooga High School Wrestling Coach Clay Livingston has been named as the new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for the Chattooga Indians. The announcement came at Thursday night's Chattooga County Board of Education meeting. Livingston has been serving as the wrestling coach and also as the weight training coach along with coaching the power-lifting team at CHS. Livingston coached at North Cobb High School before coming to Chattooga High School and is also the co-founder of the Georgia Strength Coaches Association. Livingston will be taking over the helm of the Indian’s football program from Brad Waggoner who has accepted a new coaching position in Decatur. School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman said that it was not necessary for the board's approval for the hiring of the coach since he was already employed by the school system.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:24 PM
In a special called meeting, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Eric McDonald as the high school's new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Currently, McDonald is the assistant Principal at the high school. He will retain that position, as well. In his announcement, superintendent Randy Rogers also said that an Associate AD will also be chosen. McDonald said he is thankful for the opportunity, and the support of his family.