David Hines is out as head football coach at Harrison High in Kennesaw after a 3-7 season that was Harrison’s worst finish in 18 years.
Harrison principal Donnie Griggers said he’d received about 50 applications since posting the job Tuesday and hoped to have the opening filled by Christmas.
‘’We’re gonna do nationwide search and look at all applicants equally,’’ Griggers said. “My goal is to find the best person I can find for our student-athletes here. We’d like to have somebody hired before Christmas break, but it might not be that way. However many [candidates] it takes for me to talk to, that’s what I’m going to do.’’
The Harrison job figures to be one of the more attractive ones this off-season.
Under Bruce Cobleigh, who started the program in 1992 and retired in 2008, Harrison won four region titles and reached the Class AAAAA championship game in 2000, losing to Parkview 19-7.
Hines, a long-time assistant before being promoted, was 22-21 in his four seasons. Six of Harrison’s seven losses this season were by nine or fewer points, four of them to playoff teams.
Harrison’s downturn has coincided with the opening of nearby Allatoona High in Acworth in 2008, but Griggers felt that was unrelated.
‘’We’ll have a great football program, and other schools opening up has nothing to do with that,’’ Griggers said. ‘’We’re going to move forward and be successful in all of our sports.’’
Hines did not immediately returned phone calls for comment.