The past week has been a busy one for football coaching hires.
Here are a few that have taken place in the past 10 days and a list of reported job changes since the season ended. There have been 15 reported hires, and there are 31 job openings. If know of others, let us know, as they not always reported immediately by schools.
- North Forsyth coach Blair Armstrong, best known locally for winning a state title at Peachtree Ridge, has resigned but will remain a faculty member. North Forsyth was 4-16 in Armstrong’s two seasons. Armstrong, who has coached for more than 30 seasons, had not had a losing season until leaving Peachtree Ridge for Banks County in 2007.
- Habersham Central head coach Stuart Cunningham is out after four seasons, during which his teams were 14-27 overall, 1-9 this season after move up to Class AAAAAA. He’ll remain a teacher and head wrestling coach.
- Walnut Grove coach O.J. Soto resigned after 2-8 and 1-9 seasons. Walnut Grove opened in 2009 has has never won more than two games in a season. Soto was the offensive coordinator at Grayson before coming to Walnut Grove.
- South Cobb coach Ed Koester resigned to devote more time with family. South Cobb was 7-4, 8-4 and 7-3 in his last three seasons after a pair of 2-8 finishes. South Cobb won its first state playoff game under Koester.
- Heritage-Conyers coach Chad Frazier has resigned to take the head job at Villa Rica. Frazier was 37-27 in six seasons at Heritage and won a region title in 2011. Frazier will replace Mike Falleur, who left for his alma mater Northside of Arkansas.
- Barney Hester, who won 11 state titles in the Georgia Independent School Association, is the new head coach at Howard, a Macon public school that has lost 24 straight games. Hester’s 322 victories, mostly achieved at Tattnall Square, in Georgia rank fifth in state history.
- Jefferson offensive coordinator Ben Hall was promoted to replace the retiring T. McFerrin,
- Thomasville coach Richie Marsh has resigned.
- Effingham County promoted 14-year assistant Buddy Holder to replace Rick Tomberlin, who retired.
Bremen – Scott Hodges
Cross Creek – Robert McCarty
Effingham County – Buddy Holder
Forest Park – John Diehl
Forsyth Central – Shane Williamson
Georgia Military College – Steven Simpson
Harrison – Matt Dickmann
Houston County – Von Lassiter
Howard – Barney Hester
Jefferson – Ben Hall
LaFayette – Chad Fisher
Lanier County – Phillip Johnson
Pace Academy – Chris Slade
Roswell – John Ford
Villa Rica – Chad Frazier
Jobs open (2012 coach):
Americus-Sumter (Michael Pollock)
Bacon County (Bobby Johns)
Berrien (Rob Armstrong)
Coosa (Chad Perry)
Creekside (Aaron Whittington)
Creekview (Al Morrell)
Dacula (Jared Zito)
East Jackson (Brian Smith)
Gordon Central (Chad Fisher)
Habersham Central (Stuart Cunningham)
Heritage-Conyers (Chad Frazier)
LaFayette (Tab Gable)
M.L. King (Rober Freeman)
Murray County (John Hammond)
North Forsyth (Blair Armstrong)
North Springs (Todd Powers)
South Atlanta (Julius Moses)
South Cobb (Ed Koester)
Swainsboro (David Johnson)
Thomasville (Richie Marsh)
Toombs County (Shane Williamson)
Walnut Grove (O.J. Soto)
Westlake (Stanley Pritchett)
Windsor Forest (Jason Roundtree)
Worth County (Scotty Ward)