Redan loses football coach over contract issue

For the second time this off-season, a DeKalb County school is looking for another head football coach after its first choice declined to take the job over a contract dispute related to school system budget cuts.

In May, Camden County defensive coordinator Bryan Love declined to take an offer by Class AAAA champion Tucker to replace Franklin Stephens just three weeks after accepting the offer. Love returned to Camden, and the Tucker job went to defensive coordinator Bryan Lamar, a Tucker alumnus.

This week, Terrence Amos, hired in March, declined the Redan job when faced with a cut in his teacher’s salary from his previous school in Alabama.

Amos, an Atlanta native who was head coach in 2011 at Jackson-Olin in Birmingham, went through spring practice with his new team. This month, he was offered an official contract and was surprised that it called for a 7 percent cut from his previous job and a smaller coaching supplement than expected.

‘’The principal [Greg Goodwin] worked with me and did everything he could do, but when it came down to it, it wasn’t in the best interest of my family,’’ Amos said. “It’s a great group of kids at Redan. I hate that it came down to that.’’

Goodwin confirmed that Redan was looking for a new coach but declined to comment further. Practice will begin next month for Redan’s Aug. 31 opener against Troup.

17 comments Add your comment

Say It Aint So

July 12th, 2012
12:55 pm

Its a damn shame the budget crisis in Dekalb School System has started the trickle down effect to hs athletics. Don’t be surprised, more to come.

valid questions

July 12th, 2012
6:54 pm

Guess what– Lakeside (DeKalb) doesn’t even have a coach.
DeKalb is a pit of problems. Any quality staff is leaving or will be gone.

True Blue

July 12th, 2012
10:42 pm

I told you before a real coach will not come to Dekalb to coach , because they don’t pay their coaches like other counties. Your salary is for teaching and coaching. The head coach makes 4700.00 along with his teaching salary. You don’t have lights on your field , horrible weight room , practices field are horrible, and you can only pay 3 asst. in football.

HSBB Follower

July 15th, 2012
10:31 pm

The saddest thing about it is that Dekalb is LOADED with talent. With Sebree moving (got out so he wouldn’t have to take the heat) on you knew many changes were coming and this again is a prime example. Dekalb’s school system is broke and those that will effected most will be the athletes. the handwriting is on the wall, Dekalb will soon have schools like APS that barely crack the radar on the high school scene. For now it’s Stephenson, MLK, Tucker and SWD in football and Chamblee will still be there because it’s a magnet school but oh guess what they also have a new coach this year in football as well. Playing with 5 stadiums and what 20 high schools the county still is in a budget crisis as far as athletics goes is beyond me but hey “we get the kids scholarships” and that is what they live off of and to a point that is good. Yes as True Blue says the real coaches will stay out of Dekalb unless they just need to be on the sideline for a year or two. A lot of Dekalb’s issues are their own and they can be corrected IF they want to be corrected but don;t take that to the bank at all.


July 16th, 2012
3:59 pm

@HSBB Follower. Great post. Just look at the situation at Tucker. Coach Stephens comes in and in a few years boast 2 trips to the state finals with one state title and one of the highest winning percentages of any coach in Georgia, and he leaves and goes to another program. The leadership in dekalb needs to take their blinders off and look at whats going on and do something to improve this horrible situation.


July 16th, 2012
4:23 pm

I am EMBRASSED to mention that I live in DC! This is an example regardless of the talent, some coaches feel the ends does not justify the means. Please explain to me WHY the BOE, DC Commissioners, Athletics Department are clueless! Please just do it for the KIDS!!


July 17th, 2012
2:23 pm

@ HSBB Follower – Right On…my man…Right On!!!! This article is a prime example, if Tucker, Stephenson, MLK, SWD, booster clubs fail, these mighty DeKalb programs will be the thing of the past.

@ rwdekalb – That’s TWO state championship and TWO semi-finals, in 5 years for Coach Stephens, while he was leading the Tucker Tigers, but everything else I AGREE.

@ dekalbcounty1 – There are many DC’ers feel the same way as you. The BOE and especially the AD department is a complete JOKE. If they can’t personally get something out of it, these people will not listen (period). The BOE can’t tell me that revenues aren’t there, when EVERY Friday and Saturday our 5 stadiums host at least one HS football game and in most cases two and not to mention the basketball revenues our schools generate with the number of state championships (boys & girls)…sad so sad.

After this season, we county residents and sports fans should demand the BOE to show us the books, with this anticipated alignment about to jump off in 5A region 6…


REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……


July 17th, 2012
3:34 pm

Dekalb is a job of a county run by a bunch of idiots… The schools fail not only because of the county official but the parents of the students in most of the schools dont care that there child will not do the work. The blame put on teachers is a joke. Parents are the schools worst enemy. Move out of Dekalb.


July 17th, 2012
6:26 pm

tucker and swd is not only school play football look at stonmountain who win 15 game last two years abount the pirates

Football Mom

July 18th, 2012
9:36 pm

DC is so broke and NOBODY is trying to fix it……some BIG changes and some thorough house cleaning is needed from the TOP down and NOT as they are doing it….from the BOTTOM up!!! Paraprofessionals, clerks, custodians, and painters DID NOT create this mess so WHY did the lay offs hit them the hardest??? Sad!!!!


July 19th, 2012
10:00 am

I will not FORGET July 31 BOE! Also I have a recommendation for the DCCS Athletics – All regular season games divide among all schools. Those schools that goes into the playoffs should recevied at least 10% of revenue generated! That way those progams will benefit from their hard work. The extra coaches, meals, beverage, equipment, etc. will be COVERED!

Dr. dekalb 24 years

July 22nd, 2012
4:40 pm

We must not forget that our new leaders come from a place that did not have good programs and only 14 schools in the Ohio district that was not successful under their management academics included therefore they do not have a clue.


July 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

Has anybody else thought about pointing the finger to the community?? I mean Really, Yes the county has issues, But coaches can be a ego driven bunch too. Ever since dekalb county got blacker The football programs got worse, Really who fault is that?? Ours not just the BOE not just the coach


July 25th, 2012
8:29 am

what has happened to the, one time, best school system in u.s.?

Hubert Green

July 25th, 2012
9:53 pm

Where did the Tucker coach go?


July 28th, 2012
8:53 pm

shut up! Dekalb County is still a great school system with great athletic programs, great teachers, parents and communities… :)


July 31st, 2012
9:04 am

@DekalbCounty1 you sound like a Republican.This is a Democratic county. You make it someone else takes it..Get the freakin picture.? Maybe you will vote Rep next election. Glad I could break it down for you. Don’t leave out Dunwoody and Cedar Grove they draw some folks to their games too. It’s not just the AAAAAA teams that make the money…@ Lakeside a few years ago you had a real hard working coach that had made some headway but some parents chase him off with their whinning and crying why their baby boy wasn’t playing more. Now I can see why that job is open. How about we float idea of the smaller schools forming one team or be allowed to play at the closest school. Like Cross Keys folks play at Chamblee. Clarkston play with ST MTN, Lakeside and Druid Hills combine? Some of these teams will barely score let alone win a game. (unless its against each other) Think of it this way you combine resources in the way of coaching, equipment., and of course money. For the cost of a extra bus a week these kids have a chance to win.