GHSF Daily Spotlight: Plenty of high school football coaching changes around Georgia

Lakeside of Evans promotes Troxler

Lakeside of Evans has promoted offensive coordinator Jarrett Troxler to replace Jody Grooms, who took the Wayne County job last month.

Troxler previously coached with Grooms at Anson County High in North Carolina and was interim coach for two games in 2008 when Grooms was suspended.

Haralson County’s Vohun retiring
Frank Vohun, a 122-game winner in 19 seasons as a Georgia head coach, is retiring.

Vohun has been a head coach at Villa Rica (1990-97), Washington-Wilkes (1998-2001) and Haralson County (2005-09).

Though his record was poorest at Haralson (19-33), it was there that he did some of his best work. Haralson County had not won more than three games in the 11 years before Vohun arrived and never made the state playoffs and frequently played a non-region schedule.

Vohun’s 2005 and 2007 teams had winning records and made the playoffs. The 2009 team bottomed out, finishing 0-10.

Vohun reached the Class AA final in 2000 at Washington-Wilkes and lost 14-0 to Americus. Vohun made the semifinals in 1991 at Villa Rica.

For the Times-Georgian article on Vohun, click here.

More football coaching hires …

Lassiter has hired Jep Irwin, the offensive coordinator at Pelham High outside Birmingham, as its head coach. Irwin is well-versed in the no-huddle, spread offense used by former coach Chip Lindsey (now quarterbacks coach at Troy University) to set school passing and scoring records the past two seasons with quarterback Hutson Mason. Lassiter won its first state-playoff game and region championship in 2009.

Marietta has hired University of Richmond wide receivers coach Scott Burton to replace the retiring James “Friday” Richards. Burton was head coach at Virginia high schools Douglas Freeman (1997-99) and Highland Springs (2000-07). He is a former Richmond player but got a Master’s degree at the University of Georgia.

Portal, a Class A team in Region 3, has promoted Cherard Freeman to replace Justin Chester, who was 7-34 in four seasons. Freeman is a former two-time all-state running back at Lincoln County. Freeman has been Portal’s defensive coordinator last season.

Franco Perkins, an assistant since 1997, has been promoted at Rome to replace Sid Fritts, who has left to become head coach at Elbert County.

South Effingham has promoted defensive coordinator Donnie Revell to replace Greg Manior, who has left to become head coach at Screven County. Revell has been an assistant coach for 27 years, the past nine at South Effingham, which was 4-6 last season in Region 2-AAAA last season.

Paul Burgdorf, who started the Luella football program in 2003, is moving to Union Grove, another Henry County school, as head coach. Union Grove was 17-6 the past two seasons under Steven Collins, who stepped down to spend more time with family. Burgdorf was 28-38 in seven seasons at Luella. He also has coached as an assistant at Cook, Northgate and Morgan County.

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Dekalb County

March 15th, 2010
1:40 pm

Would be great to see new coaches at SWD and Stephenson next year.


March 15th, 2010
1:51 pm

Maybe SWD sould use their 3x defending girls basketball and 2x defending girls track coaches to fill in since they now how to coach talent. lol!!!!!!!!!


March 15th, 2010
2:43 pm



March 15th, 2010
2:46 pm

Dekalb County it would be great if you had better parents participation at all schools in Dekalb from sports , maintenance of the facility, and PTA.

East Cobb Royal and Red Raider

March 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

It would be great if we could get a new coach. Take our OC with you too.