Dalton High School’s new football coach is more than just one of the town’s top financial planners.
Matt Land, 40, has strong connections to Dalton’s football program. He is a former player at the school, and has spent the last 17 years as an assistant on the football staff at his alma mater. Land was a “community coach,” while also working in private business.
“The reason we hired (Land) was because of his integrity and class,” Dalton athletics director Ronnie McClurg told the AJC. “That is kind of what Dalton High School has built its history on, and Matt certainly (represents) that.”
Land will replace Adam Winegarden, who resigned in February “under pressure from boosters after his name became public as a finalist for the head coach’s job at Perry High School,” according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.
Back to Land: McClurg said — with Land’s hiring — the rest of Dalton’s coaching staff will not change. Beginning next year, Land will become a full-time staff member at Dalton High School, teaching math classes. He holds a degree in aerospace engineering from Auburn University, and will take classes to acquire permanent teacher certification.
McClurg said his new coach will likely remain a part-owner of a financial group, but no longer be heavily involved in the day-to-day activities of it. “I don’t think that would be possible,” McClurg said. “Teaching and coaching football is a full-time job, sometimes a ‘double’ full-time job and there’s just not enough hours in the day.”
Dalton has one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs with 50 consecutive winning seasons in a row.
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