Roswell has fired head football coach Justin Sanderson, whose teams finished 0-10 and 3-7 in his two seasons.
Sanderson’s final game was a 28-24 upset of playoff-bound Walton, but it wasn’t enough to save his job after Roswell suffered consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1979-80. Roswell lost seven of its 17 games under Sanderson by three points or less.
Sanderson, who was promoted from offensive coordinator in 2011, joined Roswell’s staff in 2003 and and coached during one of Roswell’s more successful eras. The Hornets won a Class AAAAA championship in 2006. Sanderson has never coached at another high school.
‘’It’s just my home; I love this place, and it’s going to be hard to leave,’’ Sanderson said. “Ending with that Walton win and as well as we played against Lassiter [a 28-14 loss the week before against the region champion], I thought we’d have another chance. But the bottom line is I’m 3-17 as head coach, and it’s a results-oriented business.’’
Sanderson said he met with his players Tuesday morning to tell them of the news.
‘’Telling the kids was hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,’’ Sanderson said. “These two years haven’t gone the way we wanted, be we’ve used this platform to tell them that tough times don’t last. Good things will happen. They’ve kept the faith and kept working and improved throughout the year.’’
Roswell has made nine coaching hires since 1950, each time promoting from within its staff.