Lithonia assistant Marcus Jelks promoted to replace fired head football coach (Updated)

Coach.Lithonia.MarcusJelksHiring 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.”

Is Marcus Jelks the right man for the job at Lithonia?

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March 15th, 2010
8:40 am

I know that Jelks is the coach for Lithonia….the proof is in the pudding, in this case the kids will tell the tale! He’s a good coach.

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Former student

March 15th, 2010
10:27 am

I know firsthand what a magnificent Coach Jelks is as an educator and mentor. Mr. Jelks has altered many young adult lives for the better in so many ways since coming to Lithonia High School. We need more teachers that will look beyond what challenges that face them and just believe in the students and not just leave them to perish. I stand beyond the decision to named Marcus Jelks head coach of the Mighty Bulldogs not only will he turn the football program around but he will change many of the young men lives and challenge them mentally and physically.


March 15th, 2010
10:50 am

I think Jelks in the right man for the job. He will run a clean program but Lithonia really doesnt have the athletes to compete. Good Luck Coach!

Coach Gator

March 15th, 2010
12:12 pm

Jelks is a great coach and a great person for this job he will do a good job cause he wants to be there and everybody knows if you love what you do and were you at you work harder. Congrads and best of luck and God bless.


March 15th, 2010
9:31 pm

Very glad Jelks got the job. Don’t know him very well, but I can tell he’s the type of guy kids will play hard for.

Patricia E

March 18th, 2010
4:04 am

Jelks is definitely the right man for the job. He is not only a great coach, but a great teacher and mentor. Jelks is the epitome of all coaches, he will not only change the football teams performance for the better, but will have a great impact on enhancing these young men’s lives forever.