Dunwoody has hired a new football coach, and the school’s athletics director did his best to provide a glimpse on why the last one was dismissed.
Last month, Michael Youngblood was fired after one season as Dunwoody’s head football coach. Youngblood said that he was terminated because he “didn’t see eye to eye” with principal Kevin Harris. Youngblood speculated that his firing was related to an incident between the two men at at halftime of Dunwoody’s homecoming game against Cedar Grove on Sept. 25. Harris entered the team’s locker room and directed several players to leave the team meeting to participate in the halftime activities.
At the time, school officials declined comment, and Youngblood’s point of view got a huge reaction from the AJC’s readers.
This week, Dunwoody athletics director Steve Fortenberry welcomed Jim Showfety as the new coach, and briefly addressed Youngblood’s departure.
“I wanted to set the record straight, Micheal Youngblood was not fired at Dunwoody because of the halftime disagreement with our principal,” Fortenberry wrote in an email to the AJC. “There were a number of issues involving the coach … You make it sound like (the halftime incident) was the reason. Totally false.”
Now that Dunwoody has explained its side of the story as best as it probably ever will be, we can move forward to discussing Dunwoody’s new coach, Showfety. It’s very rare to see a coach leave the North Fulton area (Northview High) for DeKalb County. Usually, well almost 100-percent of the time, it’s the other way around.
Why did Showfety leave Northview? “I felt like we were certainly trying to make changes with the program, and we were running into some obstacles,” he said, politely declining to explain further.
“I’m very appreciative I was given the opportunity to coach at Northview for two years, and I look forward to the opportunity at Dunwoody.”
Showfety was 0-10 and 2-8 at Northview the last two seasons after guiding Chamblee’s to a historic 12-2 season in 2007 that represented the school’s first semifinals. He is planning to hire a couple of former Northview assistants for his new staff, along with bringing back a few former Dunwoody assistants who worked under James Teter in 2008.
“We’re very excited to have Jim as our coach,” Fortenberry said. “He will be a great leader for our kids.”
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