Marietta High School hires UGA grad as new football coach

MariettaMarietta High School went to the college ranks to find its new head football coach.

Scott Burton, who was an assistant coach for the University of Richmond (Va.) the last two years, was officially named to the position on Tuesday night.

Burton played football at Richmond from 1991-94, and later earned his master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He will begin at Marietta on April 1.

He will replace one of the state’s legends, James “Friday” Richards, who retired after 15 seasons as head coach of the Blue Devils, and 33 years of coaching at the school. Richards retired because of health reasons, but says he hopes to serve as an assistant under the new head coach.

Richards, who graduated from Marietta High School in 1972, played fullback for the University of Florida before returning to his hometown to take his first teaching job. That first job turned into the only one he would have.

What are your thoughts? Did Marietta pick the right guy? Are you impressed the school went to the college ranks? Post below.

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Dan Cox MHS c/o 1989

March 3rd, 2010
12:02 am

I played football at Marietta and I will support Marietta High and it’s new coach no matter what because Coach Friday would want it that way! The new coach is now family and as Friday always says, “Blood is thicker than mud!”

Cyndy White

March 3rd, 2010
1:14 am

Seems like the normal career progression would be from a college assistant coach to a high school head coach. Only time will tell if Scott Burton was the right pick.

Hello Michael, remember me?


March 3rd, 2010
2:47 am

Actually Cyndy White, he started as a head coach in High school ball at the age of 25. He coached Highland Springs High School Richmond to a 72-26 record. Then he went to college as an assistant, his boss is now the new coach at Virgina. So he and his wife decided they wanted to coach high school ball again.

Michael Foster

March 3rd, 2010
7:28 am

Looks good to me. Let’s be honest, coach Friday and the rest of the Marietta staff lost control of the team in the past four seasons. Marietta’s offense was more predictable than a summer-afternoon-thunderstorm. Hopefully this guy’s football intellect is an updated one. I feel like the Devils missed on oppurtunities to really blossum with tons of talent in the past few years.

This guy may be a good coach, but he may have a tough first few seasons. It seems like somehow Marietta has been shrinking. When I was a freshman–when we went 10-0–we looked like a college team. Lately, however, our average defensive player stands about 5′8″…receivers are running at anywhere from 5′5″ to hopefully 6. What are we feeding kids that is making them shrink?

Anyways. Hope this guy does a good job–however, does this mean Coach Camp is gone? I will never forgive him for his mental debacle against Harrison last season. We had a chance to win and we ran on first down from their 20…then spiked the ball…threw an incomplete pass…THEN CALLED A TIMEOUT. We had a timeout, yet we spiked the ball to lose a down?? It’s sad when the QB is going to spike and all of the freshman in the back of the student section are loud enough, yelling “NO! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”


March 3rd, 2010
8:06 am

Who ever found this good coach will you find CEDAR GROVE a BASKETBALL COACH!! JM is too bad for the COUNTY!!

MHS Grad

March 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

Put the spread offense in at Marietta and the Blue Devils will be successful. Very few schools have as much speed as Marietta consistently does. This is the perfect way to make up for the lack of size that the Devils usually have to deal with.

I just hope that this guy can appreciate, and respect the tradition at Marietta.

Hugh Hutcherson

March 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

As an official in Central Virginia who has worked many of Coach Burton’s games I can say that MHS got the real deal. HSHS is very rich in the same traditions that MHS has and he will continue in those traditions. He will bring excitment to your players, students and the community. While I’m happy for Scott I was hoping he would stay in Central VA because they do not come any better as a person. Best of luck to MHS and Coach Burton.

Rich McCay

March 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

Good hire paul hall, you’ve come a long way from freshman study skills

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March 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

Running the spread would be great at Marietta except for one problem, we need a QB. Marietta hasn’t had a good QB since Brandon Jones. Jeff Schoonover was there after Jones and was also a decent QB. But Since then they’ve had nothing. That being said i wish Coach Burton the best of luck and I PRAY that he does not keep Coach Camp on his staff.

Michael Foster

March 3rd, 2010
1:36 pm

Marietta had a good quarterback. It was just coach Camp and the rest of the staff didn’t know how to take advantage of talent. They didn’t know how to build an offense around player’s strengths.

That quarterback was Stanley Jennings, who was in my graduating class. Jennings came from a state Championship in Miami only to be on a 4-6 and then a 6-4 team. The only thing he ever did was throw hitches or hand it off…even at 6′3″, 210 (give or take). He never developed…then he went to Dean College and became one of the best JUCO players in the country.

Hmmm. Something tells me the coaches really screwed up on him. But you are right MHS fan, Brandon Jones was great. The entire 2004 team was great. Thad Turner, Greg Jackson, the Weaver brothers, Claiborne Allen, Chris Hobbs, Traye Simmons, Ghervon Blue, etc. All of those guys went to play D1 football. Now we are sending guys to tiny schools. Something in the water is making us worse at football.

Darius A.

March 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

Im a former player (class of 2008) and I agree w/ the comments of the offensive troubles. On the other hand the defense has been decent under coach Coles and Hall, before Hall became the AD. MHS had about 2-3 state championship teams in the last decade that fail to make it out the second round of the playoffs. Its Painful. 05′,06′ and possibly 08′, to name a few.

I really want to know who stays and who goes!..Marietta High School needs Coach Lebron Mitchell and coach Grundmeyer. I know usually the Head Coach brings his staff with him but Mitchell teaches Second maybe even Third Level skills at the WR position. He’s young and enthusiastic about the job and is a MHS grad himself. Grundmeyer can turn anybody into a running back!! Period! Since i’ve been in the Marietta school system, we always had a back that could rip a defense up! Next season will be the first questionable year for RBs, but look for Derrick Sutton and company to emerge.

But whats more important is the student athletes. Alot of MHS greats never get recognized and qualify to major academic colleges. Hopefully coach Burton can play a major role in exposure to recruiting. Players like Stanley Jennings, Ghervon Blue, Brandon Jones, and Traye Simmons should have been exposed in the state of Georgia as D1 prospects. I hope Burton creates exposure opportunities. Best believe i’ll be @ the first home game.

CED Class of 06

March 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

This is NOT what I wanted, but I guess I will support the new guy in his venture to continue the prominence of the program. I was hoping for more of a local guy. a guy near the program that would have a better grasp of Marietta traditions such as Gloryland, the no cussing policy and all the banquets and such that Friday has instilled in the program. I remember going thru the program I worked as hard as I could so that I could play on Friday nights just to experience the Friday legacy. This Burton guy will have a lot to prove in the seasons forthcoming and we will see if his effect by being a total outsider will be good or bad for the program.

Concerned teacher

March 3rd, 2010
6:23 pm

All of you should read the package that this 37 year old with 11 years of experience will be earning. The article is in the Marietta Daily Journal today. Believe it or not, he’ll be making a base salary of $85,000 with all kinds of incentives!! Also, he’s a social studies teacher, but Marietta High School doesn’t even have an opening in that department. Teachers have recently been furloughed in Marietta City Schools, but they can afford to hire someone at this outrageous salary!
By the way, rumor has it that all of the current assistant football coaches at Marietta High School were told that they’ll no longer be needed as football coaches. People are saying that there’s bad blood between the principal (Leigh Colburn) and most of the coaches at the high school. Why do you think Coach Friday (football coach), Coach Hood (former MHS basketball coach), and Coach Googe (former track coach)have all recently retired???? Everybody’s saying that they were all treated like crap!!!


March 3rd, 2010
7:12 pm

Talk to this guy for a few minutes and you’ll realize he is the real deal. It isn’t just what he does on the field that you’ll like, it is his desire to build an entire program. He has his heart and priorities in the right place. (and his resume tells you he can coach)

Josh Weaver

March 4th, 2010
4:33 am

I played at Marietta and when i was there we had an many undefeated seasons i.e. my freshman yearm sophmore year, junior year, and then my senior year we went 9-1. i was around the good years at the new highschool. but, i dont think that they lost talent i think all of the talent left because how expensive it is to live in the city. the players are there but they dont wanna play. but with the new coach and maybe his new system, in time, Marietta will be back to how it was like in the 90’s and mid 00’s

Inside The Square

March 5th, 2010
4:17 pm

For those that might be concerned with the new hire and his lack of connection to MHS traditions, not to worry. Burton is the real deal and has a proven track record and comes with glowing references. The brutal reality is that the MHS program has been in decline despite having a fairly good pool of talent. The program has lacked passion, energy and drive. This starts at the top. Don’t get me wrong. I have total respect for Coach Friday and his staff. Have known them for past 15 years, and have been close to the program during that time. But, quite honestly, I feel this change can potentially super-charge the program and bring back that swagger that Marietta use to have, and most other teams feared. I’m looking forward to that feeling returning to Northcutt on Friday nights in the fall.


March 7th, 2010
10:48 pm

As an ‘08 Graduate of Marietta High School, I can say that I am thrilled beyond belief that we have Mr. Burton joining the Blue Devil family! The past few seasons have not been our best. Sadly, as Darius A. said we have not seen the second round of playoffs in years… I respectfully believe that it is time for that to change. As a former Student Athletic Trainer for Marietta, seeing all the players put everything they have into practices and playing their hearts out at games, I do believe they deserve to go all the way! And I believe Mr. Burton will get us there.

Let’s Go BIG Blue!!


March 13th, 2010
9:23 pm

Scott will do great. I have known him for 20 years. I played with him at Richmond and followed his career in Virginia. If he gets the support Marietta will be a top team in the state. There is not a better person for the job!


March 15th, 2010
2:47 pm

Micheal Foster—go back to playing your madden game-shame on you for getting on here and bashing Camp and the rest of the staff. I’m sure he has forgotten more football than you will ever know. He is a good man and a good coach. For the record Marietta beat Harrison in double overtime for a huge upset with some very good offense as well as defense. Best of luck to the new coach but I believe time will show that the staff you bash did a lot more than you will admit with a lot less.

the game

May 17th, 2010
8:43 am

i believe coach burton should keep all the asst coaches and coach friday

Steven Parkmond

July 6th, 2010
1:08 pm

he is a great coach. i played for him @ highland springs high school in virginia.

Long Johnston McCall

July 13th, 2010
12:54 am

Scotty’s gonna bring the heat, like bake potatoes from tin foil – you candy asses will be regretting questioning Scott Burton – all chips are in – this guy is the schizznitt! Have faith jellyfish, have faith!

Moses King, Jr.

August 17th, 2010
9:01 pm

As a former teacher and basketball coach at Highland Springs High School with Scott Burton, I can honestly say you have the “Real Deal.” I haven’t met a more dedicated person in my 33+ years of teaching and coaching. He will not only bring you “Championship” teams but “Championship” citizens. I would go to battle with this man because I know it’ll be done the correct way. All I can say is enjoy the ride.

Current Player

September 7th, 2011
5:03 pm

He is a horrible coach. He is running this program into the ground


September 17th, 2011
6:53 pm

Burton is not a horrible Coach, he is just in over his head. It is not his fault, he needs to take responsibility, but unfortunatly it is not his fault. MHS administration needs to assume most of the blame, they went outside of a well saturated Coaching arena to bring in an individual that is very unfamiliar with the culture here in Marietta. On top of that, he had to replace a Legend who meant more the the players and the community than the program. When you can motivate young men just by walking in a room and hugging them you have been blessed. Friday displayed a faith based coaching style that few coaches have, he was able to get a kid to run through a wall solely based on faith. When you love on kids thats the response you get from them. The XX’s and OO’s and the program was never controlled by Friday, that was controlled by the administration, those who have deep history know what I mean. Friday never had the ability to hire at will who he needed on his staff, unlike Scott Burton has been able to do sense being here.

As for Burton’s ability to lead a team, you can’t lead what won’t follow. Powerpoint presentations might work for the Academic Department, but not for athletic. The ability to teach, or adjust on the run is an unique quality. Also the ability or having an eye for talent to place players in a position that helps your program and his career progression. In 14 games, that seems to be the most noticable factor so far. The statement , “we will figure this out” happens at the expense of which players future? 2-12 in Scott Burtons tenur, 9 straight loses, 10-15 players no longer in the program, at other schools or just walking in the halls and not participating. How long do we sit back and let out community be disrupted by a administration (Colburn)? Never had to hire a head football coach, but we left it all in her hands, shame on us if we coontinue to sit back and just accept or allow our childrens future to be sacrificed based on one persons selfish desires to be in control.