Roswell High School promotes Justin Sanderson to head football coach

Roswell High stayed within its football program to find a new head coach.

Justin Sanderson, who has been an assistant at Roswell since 2003, was introduced as the school’s new coach on Wednesday morning. He served as the team’s offensive coordinator last season.

“I was very humbled and excited to be presented with this opportunity,” Sanderson said. “It has been a great day. I love these kids and I love this community.”

Sanderson, 30, was hired at Roswell in 2003 by then-head coach Tim McFarlin, who returned as Roswell’s quarterbacks coach this past season after retiring a few years ago. McFarlin was recently hired to be Blessed Trinity’s new head coach.

Sanderson was offensive line coach on Roswell’s 2006 team that tied for the Class AAAAA state championship. He played football at Lassiter High School and Valdosta State. Sanderson replaces Leo Barker, who resigned because of family reasons after posting a 22-12 record in three seasons, including two appearances in the state playoffs.

29 comments Add your comment


February 23rd, 2011
8:26 am

Congrats Coach Sanderson – well deserved! You are the best!


February 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

Congrats Coach Sanderson. I really respect your passion for the game and your committment to the boys. I hated to see Coach Barker leave but you have been a solid coach and trusted assistant to Coach Barker. Good luck this summer and next season.

Homecoming King 1999

February 23rd, 2011
9:40 am



February 23rd, 2011
9:45 am

No surprise here. Roswell hasn’t gone outside of its staff for its next head coach since the 1950’s. Hard to see John Coen breaking that tradition.


February 23rd, 2011
9:46 am

KIRBY CAMPANELLA should be the coach!!

RHS Football Mom

February 23rd, 2011
10:00 am

Congratulations Coach Sanderson!! Go Hornets!!

Tom Walsh

February 23rd, 2011
10:19 am

RHS has an incredible AV club, dont know about football


February 23rd, 2011
10:49 am

i remember Justin from his playing days at Lassiter…he was a leader son played with him…good player with solid character…good luck at RHS, heated rivalry with Lassiter will continue…

Former rhs football mom

February 23rd, 2011
11:37 am

Congrats Coach Sanderson…my son played on the 2006 team and thought you were excellent.


February 23rd, 2011
12:28 pm

No one can ever re-place the Manus/Poulos combo, but best of luck Coach Sanderson.

Attention Ex Fan

February 23rd, 2011
1:19 pm

Ex Fan. My son played for RHS and thinks of Coach Sanderson as one of his heros and role models in life. Lessons Coach taught him he still uses in college today. Also, as someone with a legal background I can tell you to tread lightly with those comments unless you are prepared to defend them in a court of law out in the open.


February 23rd, 2011
2:00 pm

The problem with RHS is a lot of the folks in the northern suburbs are leg-humping or Allbarn loving rednecks, they don’t put out enough quality academic as well as athletic kids like we need at Georgia Tech.


February 23rd, 2011
2:48 pm

Roswell should have coach Wayne Smith AND Kirby Campanella leading on the sidelines…that would bring another OUTRIGHT state championship for sure!

Garon Gore

February 23rd, 2011
2:59 pm

All of the money for the football team should go to CHORUS!!

Wesley Barron

February 23rd, 2011
3:08 pm

There was this kid who we called Hornet QB and his number was 16. I think he turned out to be some star in the law field bt what a quarter back in his glory days. There was another RHS athelete who hit a half court shot in a game, I can remember his name either. IM sure they are both doing just fine in the NFL and NBA respectively.


Keith Dorio

February 23rd, 2011
3:13 pm

The coaches at RHS were never helpful to me. I was a natural talent who could throw 95mph at the age of 13. I am being scouted by the Braves because I struck out Chipper Jones when I was 12. Pat Kelly told me I would be a pro. All I had to do was hang out with him in his beautiful car with him.


February 23rd, 2011
4:00 pm

I second you Burr..Manus is what football was always breed to be..true student athletes..not about trying to get on ESPN or trying to be the next 5 star recruit..They loved Playing for the game and all of the awards were just icing on the cake..


February 23rd, 2011
4:32 pm

Coach Sanderson is awesome, and im very excited he is the next head coach. Every player that i know on the football team love him!
cant wait to see him coach this coming season.

Bama fan

February 23rd, 2011
5:56 pm

Thee coaches in five years, don’t look like there will be any Bama players coming out of this program.


February 23rd, 2011
6:05 pm

Bring back the Tuna…


February 23rd, 2011
6:23 pm

Is coach Sanderson any kin to Fred Sanderson Cobb County School superindent?


February 23rd, 2011
6:35 pm

Keith Dorio is the greatest baseball player to EVER come out of RHS. Dorio is a legend, he should be in the Roswell Rec Hall of Fame. In a couple years my brother Jermaine Phillips will be the head coach at Roswell.

Jermaine Phillips

February 24th, 2011
12:32 am

Whoever the Tom Selleck clone that used to drive around in a convertible LEBARON in the late 90’s should be coach!

Tomas Abricrombie

February 24th, 2011
12:25 pm

I didn’t go to RHS, but I sure love their WEMAN!

An O-line Mom

February 24th, 2011
7:40 pm

We LOVE Justin Sanderson! He has such a huge heart for his players. So very glad he is leading the program!


February 24th, 2011
8:24 pm

Congratulations Coach Sanderson! Thanks for you dedication and hard work!


February 25th, 2011
9:49 am

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February 28th, 2011
11:06 am

Ant74 – If Jermaine is you brother, I use to play with your Dad and uncles, you uncle (TP) is the best overall athlete to every play at Roswell and one of the top 10 in State history, you Dad (JP) was right behind him, stronger but not a quick. Awesome Baseball and Basketball player. Stacy was good to.


February 28th, 2011
11:08 am

Keith Dorio better then???
Tony Phillips
Mike Ramsey