Murray County head coach resigns

John Hammond resigned this week as head coach at Murray County after two seasons in which the only two victories were losses overturned by forfeit.

Murray County will be looking for its fifth coach in eight seasons.

“Basically, these two years were two long, rough years,” Hammond told Chris Whitfield of the Dalton Daily Citizen. “We spent a lot of time working as hard as we could, and you spend a lot of time away from your family. I have two kids, and basically I have missed out on two years of their lives. Being a football coach is a 12-month job, and right now they are in high school and they will be heading out into the world, and I need to recharge the batteries.”
Hammond had coached at Murray County since 2002 and replaced John Zeigler in 2011. Hammond will remain at the school as a social studies and history teacher.

3 comments Add your comment

Leftfor money

December 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

May god bless the next poor guy that takes this job.

Cobb Coach

December 18th, 2012
6:29 pm

That’s one of the toughest places to win now a days. Good luck to the next man that takes on the task.


December 18th, 2012
9:42 pm

Murray County had a very good football program under the direction of Bill Napier. They were a perennial contender. Then came reclassification, the firing of Napier, and things have went downhill ever since.

There is talent coming from the middle school program that feeds Murray. If they could make a good hire, they would have an opportunity to turn the program around. Maybe there’s a T. McFerrin (just won state title with Jefferson) somewhere who would be interested in a one or two year rebuilding job and then turn it over to someone on the staff.

By the way, McFerrin turned the Southeast Whitfield program around in the mid 80’s in his one year there. They went from 1-9 to 7-3 and then 9-2 the year after he left. Unfortunately for Southeast Whitfield, it’s been a long drought since those days.