Marietta 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.
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