Hines resigns as Harrison football coach

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.

20 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

November 30th, 2011
3:16 pm

Todd, I believe the spelling is Cobleigh.


November 30th, 2011
3:33 pm

The success of other Cobb County area schools is making Harrison a pressure cooker, due to expectation. It is good to see that Cobb County schools are getting so serious about football. A 40+ year drought for a State Championship is a very long time for such a highly populated county. We all wish Coach Hines the best.

I can guarantee you that Donnie Griggers already knows who he is going to hire. He is not reviewing 50 applications. That is a bald face lie. :-) Does anyone have the scoop on how is getting hired. If I were Griggers, I would do what Tucker did and get a top flight assistant from South of the Gnat Line.

Todd Holcomb

November 30th, 2011
3:47 pm

Thanks, Max. You are correct, sir.

Todd Holcomb

November 30th, 2011
3:49 pm

Speaking of Coach C, he had some pretty good teams a time or two. Still think that 2002 team could’ve given Parkview a run, but Oliver and Evans got hurt, and East Coweta came to town. Jon Abbate might be the best LB I’ve ever seen in high school.

Say It Aint So

November 30th, 2011
3:50 pm

I believe the “In thing to do” is hire a coach from west of the state Like Colquitt and Lassiter did.


November 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

They are looking for a Head Coach also…


November 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

Hold my breath here.


November 30th, 2011
4:19 pm

Correction to the North Paulding posting: They need a Head Coach with experience, a proven ability to start from scratch with a new program, AND most importantly…………DEFENSE MUST COME FIRST!!

They have plenty of talent and booster money, all they need is the Leader now.

Hoya Chuck

November 30th, 2011
7:21 pm

HALLELUJAH!!!!! Two years overdue!!! I truly wish him the best, but this was long overdue. Dr. Griggers, Please get Coach Cobliegh to come out of retirement!! He can’t be that old!!!

Bleed red

November 30th, 2011
9:25 pm

That’s funny Cherokee just lost there’s coach and the administration not taking interviews till Jan and hiring in Feb that’s the inexsprince of a new principal and AD my son going to be a senior next year they have really messed his recruiting up this county is a joke it make me sick

football fan

November 30th, 2011
9:45 pm

Allatoona, Hillgrove, and Kennesaw Mtn. Hs all took away from Harrison’s population. Tough to be a 5A school with a low population.

Bleed red

November 30th, 2011
10:02 pm

Same with Cherokee creekview river ridge killed us


December 1st, 2011
7:38 am

South of the gnat line= MOODY


December 1st, 2011
8:23 pm

In NO mood for Moody…………Good Luck Coach Hines and Thank you

kathy farin

December 1st, 2011
10:19 pm

You won’t find a nicer, better coach than Coach Hines !!! How sad you didn’t keep faith in Coach Hines and let him continue coaching…..did you ever stop to think the players weren’t playing their best?

kathy farina

December 1st, 2011
10:23 pm

God bless you Coach Hines ! you were appreciated by many players and parents for many years…


December 2nd, 2011
3:44 pm

Kathy, I don’t know where you are coming from but I can guarantee they can find a better coach than Hines. He had plenty of talent at Harrison in the players but not within his staff. Play calling was predictable and pathetic. His outbursts got old. The man loves to hear himself talk and after a while, he was the only one listening.

Russ F

December 2nd, 2011
4:22 pm

Look no further than Defensive Coordinator Jarvis who is already at Harrison and is primed and ready to take the lead role.


December 2nd, 2011
10:26 pm

Ed Stapp may become the head coach! From what I hear it is his job if he wants it!


December 2nd, 2011
11:14 pm

When you use the term (talent) in reference to athletic talent, please realize that college coaches may have a little more expertise in that area than yourself. How about reflecting on the past few years how many d1 players have participated in football at harrison? I believe robbie godhigh is the only one, the rest were walk on players or d2 schools. Sorry to pop your bubble.