Let’s talk Dunwoody football: The ex-head coach, the new head coach, and future of the program

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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.

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“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.

Jim Showfety returns to DeKalb County (AJC file)

Jim Showfety returns to DeKalb County (AJC file)

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.”

What are your thoughts on Dunwoody football? Please post below.

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75 comments Add your comment

Cherokee

March 18th, 2010
7:01 am

Can you give us the schools side of what happened or are you just going to leave us hanging?

STEINER

March 18th, 2010
7:52 am

Who ever heard of the principal coming in and ordering players from the locker room at halftime to go and participate in the halftime festivities….Now you got the Athletic Director covering for the Principal….Keep a close eye on the principal and AD, Jim, and good luck….sounds as if you might need it…..

JD

March 18th, 2010
8:12 am

I coached with Jim in the past. He is a great coach and he will do very well at Dunwoody. They couldn’t have picked a finer coach for the job.

SouthGARules

March 18th, 2010
8:21 am

When has Dunwoody been significant in football since David Kelly left? The only reason they were successful then is because of the M to M program. I will say that Coach Kelly did propell that state title into a decent career as a college assistant.

dhs parent

March 18th, 2010
8:23 am

DeKalb doesn’t have full time ADs in high schools. In fact, they are just teachers.

While the school is forbidden from saying much, it is important to once again point out to the readers of this blog that not one football program parent has stood up to complain.

DHS is a program that (once again) needs rebuilding. The committee that hired Youngblood made a poor choice not because of any inherent flaws in Youngblood but because a program that needs rebuilding is a program that needs a an experienced head coach.

ASHEVILLE DAWG

March 18th, 2010
8:49 am

Rich kid school where homecoming is more important than the game.

DunwoodydadII

March 18th, 2010
9:59 am

DHS parent, the hiring of Coach Youngblood was not a poor choice, he took a team that everyone believed would finish last in their sub-region because of their inexperience of the returning players to the second round of the state playoffs. Coach Youngblood will be in excellent coach as he continues to mature and learn from his mistakes.

The Dunwoody program has gotten better each year and will continue to do so under Coach Showfety. Just because you did not care for Coach Youngblood does not make his hiring this past year a poor choice.

Good Luck Coach Youngblood and Good Luck to Coach Showfety.

Coach

March 18th, 2010
10:32 am

The thing we need to know is that youngblood was a young head coach who did a good job. He needed to be supported by the administration. He did do some courageous things on and off the field, but to be fired, I felt as though that was not fair. He took the team to the 2nd round of the playoffs his first year. I feel that principals now just get to invovled in athletics. Dunwoody will be fine, but their needs to be some guidlines when hiring these coaches now, because in the end, the only people who are really hurt are the kids.

DunwoodydadII

March 18th, 2010
11:10 am

Asheville Dawg, You have not seen the Dunwoody team for sure and know nothing about them the last 6 years.

Michael Carvell

March 18th, 2010
12:25 pm

Cherokee: I have given you Dunwoody’s side, or all that they will say.

STEINER

March 18th, 2010
12:41 pm

Nothing more to say, they did a good young coach in that didn’t kiss the right fannies, and by the way the dad is writing here, must have instilled some discipline in the kids that dad didn’t like because he didn’t have the guts to instill the discipline at home, so Coach Youngblood had to do dad’s job…..get that m to m back rolling and the players then can come from 60 miles away, promise you the GHSA will allow it….

dekalb fan

March 18th, 2010
3:19 pm

What exactly were the “Other issues” with Coach Youngblood? I think it is a bit much for an administrator to enter the locker room of a football game with playoff ramifications and order players to participate in halftime activities. You can’t name one coach anywhere who would be happy with that.

You hire a coach because you want to win, Coach Youngblood won with a team of underachievers, Administrators in Dekalb, please allow the COACHES TO COACH.

Coach

March 18th, 2010
4:28 pm

Dekalb Fan, good point about the administrators, we need to get back to the old school as far as coaching, we focus so much on winning sometimes that we forget the success that coaches give our young men off the field such as character building, positive impacts in their classroom. If you have a good Coach and he is changing the life of the kids, I say work with him and leave him alone, everyone wants to be involved these days and really get involved and mess things up.

fan

March 18th, 2010
4:59 pm

really the principal and the AD had nothing to do with this it was homecoming alumni was there they run athletic department that is your budget they are in everybody pocket they control everything from college on down

JSB

March 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

Somebody might want to research why Showfety is leaving Northview. I guess it has nothing to do with the fact that there was a chance they would have to dispense with football because nobody wanted to play for the man! This is a guy that brings new meaning to the word “Stubborn” and is going to make that square peg fit into that round hole, no matter how many splinters are left behind.

Good luck Dunwoody kids and parents. You are going to need it!

DHS alum

March 18th, 2010
5:39 pm

I know nothing of the current situation there. I did go to school with Steve Fortenberry the AD and there is not a more honest or sincere teacher. His integrity is second to none and one should believe what he is saying

Showfety Supporter

March 18th, 2010
5:55 pm

To JSB:

I know Coach Showfety, and though I did not speak with him last season, I do know that in Year One he was having trouble with both the players AND parents fully committing to the hard work it takes to build a championship-caliber program.

In other, more blunt words (mine, not his), the rich little brats up there at Northview, whose parents tell them they can do no wrong, couldn’t take a coach who would get in their faces EVERYDAY and let them know that — inspite of what mommy and daddy are telling them at home — their sh– does indeed stink!

When my son enters high school next year (we live in south Fulton), I wish he could play for Coach Showfety who I’m sure will take his committment to hard work and discipline and build a great program at Dunwoody — just as he did at Chamblee. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them back making deep runs in the state playoffs shortly.

As for Northview, until you get rid of that “priviledged” mindset, and as long as you keep wanting things handed to you instead of working hard for them, you’ll keep winning 1 or 2 games a season. Good luck with that!

Lord Stanley

March 18th, 2010
5:59 pm

I 2nd DHS alum comments, however I have heard skeptisim over the principal. Until DHS gives the full details I have to give a serios amount of blame to the principal. This principal has only been there a couple of years, which may have somethng to do with it.

JSB

March 18th, 2010
6:15 pm

Supporter,

You know nothing of what happened at Northview unless you were there. Northview kids are the highest achieving kids in the state, and to say they were mishandled by a stubborn, self absorbed coach would be a gross understatement!

There were 75 kids or more in the program when he arrived, about 28, including JV, when he left. What little athletic talent he had on last year’s team all chose to transfer to get away from him. You can’t blame that all on the kids and parents!

Dr Richard Handler

March 18th, 2010
6:44 pm

You know what I loved about M to M. The people who complain that catholic and private schools recruit sure didn’t complain about those buses running Stroud and Perrymond out of McNair to Dunwoody. Heaven forbid a young man get a decent education at St Pius or Lovett instead of a “quality” Dekalb County education. I think Jethro Bodine could have been a Dekalb Valedictorian. But run those busses. It’s okay if the taxpayers foot the bill for it.

GSU Eagles

March 18th, 2010
7:07 pm

Youngblood got hosed by Dunwoody HS. That’s the bottom line. Showfety’s won 2 games in 2 years- are you kidding? Great hire Fortenberry. Great job running off a young, up and coming coach with college playing experience in favor of a guy that hasn’t had a winning record since 2007.

MarkTwain

March 18th, 2010
8:31 pm

I was not inside the Northview program but I’ll take a guess at what happened. Showfety implemented a the same offense and defense he used at Chamblee and learned at Marist. The kids hated it because it is boring as hell and requires key players to scurry around on all fours like wolverines. Sound about right? I can’t imagine giving up even one of the precious years of high school football because you don’t like the coach. Ask Marist how much they hate running that boring ass offense and winning every year.

1993

March 18th, 2010
9:57 pm

What happened to Coach Kelley?

dawgdawgdawg

March 18th, 2010
10:05 pm

Coach Kelly left to coach at the college level. He left Dunwoody to be the running backs coach at UGA under Ray Goff. He has been a coach at LSU, GA Tech, Stanford, Duke. He is currently at Central Florida.

Showfety Supporter

March 18th, 2010
10:35 pm

Here, JSB, have a little cheese with your whine!

I’m all in favor of the academic achievements reportedly made each year by Northview students. But face facts. MarkTwain was correct. Coach Showfety and his systems take dedication, discipline and hard work. Simply put, the kids and parents at Northview weren’t prepared to make the committment it takes, which is a shame because they certainly have the resources to be a state power.

Oh well …

Ref30319

March 18th, 2010
10:39 pm

Kelly was the king of M to M busing, having his choice of the best talent in the county. His resume proves he can’t keep a job.

JSB

March 18th, 2010
10:47 pm

Mark,

You are right, and wrong at the same time. When he came to Northview, they were set up to run a spread. They had no speed at running back, no speed on the o-line, and a 6′5″ quarterback who was slower still. But that slow quarterback could throw the ball 60 yards on the fly and was really, really accurate in a straight drop back. He had won at every level and had waited his turn behind Justin Tuggle to get his chance to start his senior season and had shined at UGA’s QB camp.

In comes General Jim and forget all that passing crud; we are going to run a triple option! Never mind that we don’t have the personnel to run it. Never mind that we would have success running a spread, we’re going to go 0-10 just so I can prove a point. (The point being that “I’m in control and we are going to do things my way.”

I agree, that the triple option is a devestating high school offense, IF YOU HAVE THE TALENT TO RUN IT! We did not have anything close to the talent it would have taken to run it, and ended up 0-10, ruining a few college scholarship dreams in the process.

THIS is why I call him stubborn. He’d rather lose them all than adapt his system to the personnel at his disposal.

hind tit

March 18th, 2010
11:42 pm

this is happening all over the metro area.the ad is just a figure head and has very little say in who is hired and fired in many area schools.the principal of some schools has far to much say so in whose hired to coach sports. this is a known fact by everyone that knows anything about basketball at the local highschool i support and live close to. the principal more or less told the ad at the meeting that SHE would hire who she thought needed to be hired. she hired a math teacher that kept the stats for a basketball team to be the head coach. the team that he took and coached two years had played together all through middle school won more games against 5-A teams in their sophomore year than they did their senior year. we who watched this girls team play could see them getting worse game after game for two years under this man. SHE AND HE destroyed these young womens hopes and dreams they had worked for since grade school. i hope this woman and this man sees this and does the right thing and step aside and let the ad do his job that he was hired for. the principal needs to stay out of sports and do the job they were hired for.

P. Bull Terrier

March 19th, 2010
2:55 am

I would have had a more respect for AD Fortenberry if he gave a full explaination or said nothing at all. There’s nothing wrong with taking the high road and declining to comment, but to just claim there were “a number of issues” without providing anything to support the claim is nothing more than mud slinging. A good AD would understand that. Sounds like Youngblood is lucky to get away from a bad situation. I hope it works out for the new coach.

NoLion

March 19th, 2010
6:38 am

Hey, anybody that works for Dunwoody, be it the school, or fire dept can be fired at any moment.

State Champ Coach

March 19th, 2010
6:50 am

Now folks from Northview are downing the offense the Showfety runs. Well, it is a proven offense that takes time to develop. There is no such thing as “not having personnel”. Looking at Northview’s past records, they have never had the personnel to run anything offensively…….let alone defensively. JS was the best coach in their history and will be the best one they will ever have. So they were set up to run the spread with a QB who could throw a ton with no speed at the RB position? Now that is being set up for failure there. You gonna throw the ball every down? I think not. Marist has run the offense for years and hasn’t had great speed at the RB position. They had hard nosed dedicated kids who wanted to be successful on the football field. It seems that Northview has a lot of SPOILED kids who want everything given to them and don’t want to work. Until they decide they are ready to work, they will never win more than 2 maybe 3 games.

George P Burdell

March 19th, 2010
7:00 am

For all of you that want the full details, you have no idea of what you are asking for and the possibility that releasing all of them could be toxic for Youngblood and his family. Also, did it ever occur to any of us that it really is none of our business?

Truth is none of us know all the reasons and it isn’t our place to know. You have two choices, you can pull like crazy for the team this year or pull against them. Also, for anybody that knows the inner workings of DeKalb County, it takes a bunch of people signing off on letting someone go. His dismissal was approved by a whole lot more than the Principal and the AD.

I personally think Dunwoody took a step forward with it’s new coach and also think Showfety will want to stay for a long time and become a part of the community. He is the coach and I for one am pulling for him.

State Champ Coach

March 19th, 2010
7:43 am

And the Northview football team is considered a “cohesive” football team? Maybe you are the joke.

JSB

March 19th, 2010
7:52 am

Yeah, right! 0-10 and 1-9 (and the win was a fluke against the worst team in 5A) really shows that personnel does not matter! Try posting that two-season record at any college team and see how long the head coach has a job.

What ticks me off the most is how his administration (assistants) came in verbally running down the previous coaching staff, and then proceeded to take the program from mediocre, to non-existant. Ye who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

You guys want to attack a bunch of 15 and 16 year old kids (who are going to Stanford, Tulane, West Point, Boston College and Brown) as a bunch of lazy losers, then go ahead if it makes you feel better about your hire. But I was there, and and I saw what happened!

Good luck at Dunwoody, coach, and thanks for destroying my program and bolting!

State Champ Coach

March 19th, 2010
7:56 am

That is a great accomplishment with the kids going to the schools you stated. Nobody is attacking the kids. They don’t have the work ethic on the football field. If you see that as attacking them. so be it. Northview will never be a “football” school. He didn’t destroy the program.

dawgma

March 19th, 2010
8:01 am

Sorry that must be STATE CHUMP COACH (OR IS IS CHIMP?).

U see Mr. Showferty – you are the person reasonable for “building, teaching, and creating a cohesive team” – not the players.

Sammy Thunder

March 19th, 2010
8:01 am

Football is a Religion in the state of Georgia. This guy has won 2 games in two years an you hire him! When does one reward a coach for failure? SHAME on you! The reason the outgoing coach was fired, was that halftime incident. Happens all the time. The principal was out of line in storming the locker room anyway. He should have been on the field leading the halftime festivities. The Principle, (I know how to spell the word Principal) was out of line.

dawgma

March 19th, 2010
8:04 am

That’s responsible (not reasonable)- take responsibility for 1-19-0 record and a second win by forfeit Mr. Showeferty.

Don’t blame the kids.

State Champ Coach

March 19th, 2010
8:09 am

No way or no how an I Showfety. Ok he goes 1-19 at Northview but he has a state title as an assistant at Marist and took a Chamblee team to the Dome. Just because he goes 1-19 with a program that has won a total of 19 games in the schools history makes him a bad coach? I think not. All of you Northview parents need to do what the coaches were trying to do……..make them be accountable and stop spoiling them.

dawgma

March 19th, 2010
8:26 am

Spoiled kids? In 2008, He had a rising 9th grade team full of talent who won the North GA Football conference championship. They never saw Showferty at a practice (until the boosters club made him aware of the championship game) and he missed the confernce champioship and the game at the DOME. Great leader and motivator. Most of those kids ran to the new John’s Creek High school the next year. Guess they are spoiled too.

BTW…being on a state championship coaching staff is not the same as being a State Champ Head Coach. O – the next season Chamblee made the playoffs without Showferty. Talent counts.

JSB

March 19th, 2010
8:28 am

Thank you Dawgma. I was beginnig to think that I was out here in the wilderness alone!

I have no doubt that Showfety will do well at Dunwoody, as there is enough athletic talent present to run his schemes. But Touchdown Club parents, be prepared to be shunned, ingnored, disrespected and frustrated. The king is on his way!

State Champ Coach

March 19th, 2010
8:32 am

The head coach can’t win by himself. He will do good at Dunwoody and Northview will stay where it is. In the gutter

BusterChops

March 19th, 2010
8:41 am

How is Kevin Harris still the principal at Dunwoody? As a Dunwoody parent, I have noticed he is the shadiest, least effective principal we have ever had. I have had similar conversations with several teachers. Coach Youngblood certainly shouldn’t be the head football coach at Dunwoody, but I bet if he had stayed on Kevin’s good side, he’d be the coach no matter what the record. I hope Coach Showfety understands what he’s getting into.

State Champ Coach

March 19th, 2010
8:43 am

Harris is a work of art, that’s for certain.

Just some thoughts

March 19th, 2010
9:31 am

A coach can only coach and the players have to got to play according to the game plan, at Dunwoody that was proven with Coach Teter and with Coach Youngblood and hopefully that is what we will see with Coach Showfety.

However some things happen outside of football with Coach Youngblood and I am sure that he was not fired because of the homecoming accident and the principal did not come in at halftime and demand the players. Everyone has someone they are accountable to and in this case Youngblood to Harris.

I am sure if Coach Youngblood could change some things on and off the field he would probaly still be the head football coach at Dunwoody High School. Yes he got the best out the players he had last year but he also struggle with keeping everyone involved (coaches) as part of the transition.

One thing for sure no one man can do all things by himself and sometimes it takes learning the hard way to grow and mature. This is just a bump in the road for Coach Youngblood and if I had an opportunity for my son to play for him I would let him because he is one of our bightest young coaches in dekalb county, thanks Coach Youngblood.

As for Coach Showfety he seems to be very smart, organized and dedicated to teaching and coaching. He will be okay as long as he does not fall pray to daddy ball that is pushed for by some of the Dunwoody parents and I am certain he was facing the same daddy ball issues at Northview.

Good coaches will tell parents up front the best players will play and not all will have the opportunity to go on and play college football therefore the team must come first and not one player.

If I remember right Teter had players sign to play at GT, Appl. State, William & Mary, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Louisville, and Harvard to name a few while he was head coach at Dunwoody. In Youngblood his first year he had two players sign with Georgia Southern & Georgetown.

My point here is that out of 100’s of kids over the years very few will have the opportunity to play at the next level this is why every coach should get parents and players to understand their classroom work and work on the field allows for them to have opportunities and nothing is given the best things are earned.

94 DHS Alum

March 19th, 2010
9:39 am

To, Ref30319 Easy on Coach David Kelley, I played for him and was on the state championship team. First off, you have to sign up for m to m, he certainly did not choose them. Coach is at the Uni Central Fla. Coach is a great man and taught me a lot. I choose to leave my neighborhood because the school I was attending had a lot of favoritism, the best decision I ever made was leaving my home school. Although he has been different places, he has always had a job and most of the people on that team are doing very well. He has a lot of fruit in the vineyard from the class of 94. As far as the new head coach, I think is a great fit for Dunwoody, just because of what happened at northview does not mean he can not coach. If he took Chamblee to the dome and was under chadwhich, he is worthy of the hire. I wish the best of luck to the new head coach. Shouts out to the class of 94, the original starters of WILDCAT PRIDE.

96' Kicker / Punter DHS

March 19th, 2010
10:35 am

Freakin let it go and lets move forward to seeing what the new Coach will do with the team!

Bystander

March 19th, 2010
11:26 am

Everyone needs to get a life. That would be supporters and opponents of both coaches, Northview fans, Dunwoody fans, etc… You all have too much time on your hands! Seriously spend the time you are using whining and help tackle real life problems.

Interesting

March 19th, 2010
11:31 am

It is interesting that the people that seem to know so much about Coach Showfety cannot even spell his name correctly. He has NEVER blamed anything on the children. Read his quotes. Most of you need to realize there is MUCH MORE than meets the eye.

nomo

March 19th, 2010
11:31 am

North Fulton, to answer your ignorant question “what coach doesn’t cut a kid”….try the coaches at Brookwood, Grayson, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge, Camden, Lowndes among many, many others….you know – the ones that win. “Keeping the kid dilutes the talent on the team”…??? What an assinine statement. I pity the kids you purportedly coach.