Hiring from within seems to be a popular trend among high school football programs.
Lithonia High has switched Marcus Jelks from interim head coach to the permanent position. It is his first head job.
Jelks, 27, was offensive coordinator the past two seasons at Lithonia, and took over the team in the middle of last season when Lithonia head coach Earl White was fired for using ineligible players.
Jelks has strong connections to Stephenson, playing football in 2000 and later serving as an assistant coach for three years at Stephenson before moving over to Lithonia.
“It’s a tremendous honor to get the opportunity to be a head coach,” Jelks said. “I’m up to the challenge. I still talk to (Stephenson coach) Ron Gartrell every week or so, and he’s a mentor to me.”