Mays makes change at football coach

Dominic Callaway is out as head football coach at Mays of Atlanta despite a 40-19 record over five-plus seasons. His 2012 team went 5-5, the first time the school did not have a winning season since 2005, while playing in Region 6-AAAAA, generally regarded as the toughest in  its classification.

‘’It did surprise me, and I’m speechless a little bit, but they gave me a shot and they wanted to go in a different direction, so what can you say,’’ Callaway said. “I’m still taking it all in, and I’ll try to rebound somewhere else.’’

Principal Dr. Tyrone Smith was not immediately available for comment.

Callaway came to Mays in 2005 under head coach Rodney Hackney and became interim head coach during the 2007 season after Jesse Solomon was suspended amid a certification issue. Solomon later resigned.

Mays, 4-2 at the time, went on to finish 9-3 under Callaway.  Mays also made the playoffs in 2009, 2010 and 2011 under Callaway but lost in the first round.

Only Grady among the nine city schools has more football victories than Mays during Callaway’s tenure.

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February 1st, 2013
11:42 am

WTF!?!?!!? I guess if he was 19-40 he would have been alright!!!!


February 1st, 2013
12:01 pm

I think this is a very Big! istake for Mays. I agree maybe if Coach was a loser his job would have ben safe. I guess now they will bring in one of the biggest names in football to coach the team that way the move will be justified.

Say It Aint So

February 1st, 2013
1:31 pm

So who is this stud coach they are bring in?

Metro Fan

February 1st, 2013
3:22 pm

Corey Jarvis, formerly of Duluth and MLK will take over.


February 1st, 2013
4:13 pm

A coach will not have a great or good year every year. Firing a coach because of a bad season is not right. It depends on what type of talent the school will receive that year. In this case Mays will be getting a new coach every 3 to 5 years.

Fball ib ATL

February 1st, 2013
5:04 pm

Callaway is a great coach and competed every year in some of the state’s toughest regions. Seems to me like the princpal at Mays has some unrealistic expectaions. If Corey Jarvis is the guy he better think long and hard. I agree with Tonia that Mays will most likely get a new coach every 3-5 years. To me it doesn’t seem like a difference between Mays and MLK in regards to some of the reasons Coach Jarvis left there. So I guess if the next coach doesn’t win a state championship they will be fired also.


February 1st, 2013
7:56 pm

I told my son 2 years ago callaway wound not be at mays long; favoritism what got him gone this coach had some good talent just did not know how to use it

MakeThe Call

February 1st, 2013
10:09 pm

@Fan are you a Coach at the HS,College or Pro level? Coach Callawy is a good Coach and has done well with the talant Mays has. People seemed to be scared to say what’s really at hand. Mays does not have the talant I keep hearing about if they did Colleges would be lined up & down the hill over there. The facts are Callaway is out now and the new Coach will take Mays to the State Championship with all the Big Time talant they have there. I guess we will see on signing day just how much talant Mays has nothing good will come from the dismissal of Coach Callaway. The Admin will really feel what it is like to have a struggling team the next few seasons.


February 1st, 2013
11:41 pm

just like at westlake high /school, if you don”t comply with the booster kids you will lose your Job. Once again my kids will not go to either school. Parents if little johnny cant cut it, tell him to Study Hard.


February 1st, 2013
11:54 pm

Don’t get it twisted…. Make The Call. The fan base like Coach Callaway! He was good coach in tenure at Mays…. if’s and pot and pan just happen to much with him. If you are SWATS resident you understand this (Coach Callaway/Mays)(Coach Allen/Westlake). He seem not to be able to get Mays over the hump. If you watch the Falcons this year…. That has been Mays in Callaway tenure. I cant tell you how many game we have 20 pts on team at the Half only to lose by 1or 2 pts. I wish Coach Callaway much success at Pebblebrook or Drew possibly…. any of his future coaching job. Good guys don’t always win.

Fball in ATL

February 2nd, 2013
8:38 am

Mays has talent, yes. But if you think Mays has as much talent as other teams in the region (MLK, SWD, Tuker, or Stephenson) you are fooling yourself. Coaching is the reason they compete as well as they do each year. If the people in the “SWATS” want to help get Mays over the hump how about raising some money to get more coaches added to the staff. People are quick to say Mays doesn’t do well playoff time. Well when you have 8-10 on your staff and compete in the playoffs against teams that have 18-25 it makes it difficult. Other programs also have recreation programs that are associated directly with the high school program. The playing field isn’t level and if the people in the SWATS want to make a change simply research schools in Gwinnett, Tucker, Cobb, and East Paulding. Some of those kids get develop within that overall program fron flag football all the way up to high school. Some coaches in the city do a great job with the situation they are in. Until their is a level playing field which I knowwill be hard to do the reslults will be the same if not worse.

High 5

February 2nd, 2013
8:47 am

Mays has respect around Atlanta and Dekalb Co. but you need a stronger defense. Mays can score on anyone but they have a hard time stopping other teams! A head coaching change is not the answer. A new DC would have been better!


February 2nd, 2013
9:24 am

Coach Callaway didn’t have the personality or the coaching style to get Mays to the next level. First you need to keep the talent in the community. Too many kids live in the area and wind up playing at other schools outside the area. I wonder what kind of relationships he had with the middle school coaches and the area park coaches. Ben Hill and Adamsville regularly have talented youth teams. How many of those kids normally wind up at Mays. Damian Swann is a name that comes to mind.

From The Sidelines

February 2nd, 2013
10:16 am

Folks I don’t know when you are going to understand in APS winning and losing doesn’t get you fired. It’s always personalities and what some of you like to call politics. No team in APS is going to win a state title in football. There are too many variables that prevent you from competing at that level. One – recruiting, example all the stars at JCY winded up at either Westlake or Grady. Two – there’s no real feeder system with the rec programs and middle school in place, everyone’s a “free agent” going where they are going to get playing time or who their folks like. Three – none have the financial support to build the necessary weight rooms and other amenities to make a difference. Four – coaching; too many guys think rec systems work in high school.
Read the tea leaves in APS every few years a coach is dismissed for mysterious reasons. Therrell had two coaches in the school at the same time they hired a new one after the old retired but the principal wanted the old coach cause he taught a subject she needed. Douglass can’t keep kids or a coach there’s just not the right mix there anymore. Carver, Washington and Grady is not getting over the hump not enough talent at the school at the same time. S Atlanta, Jackson, N Atlanta stop.


February 2nd, 2013
11:48 am

Mays almost and shouldve beat Tucker. Tucker will be looking for a new coach after next season. Brian Lamar was a desperation hire but a bad one. Mays was on the cusp but bad use of timeouts and bad play calling cost them a few games. Thats coaching.

Benjamin E. Mays Raider for Life.

February 2nd, 2013
12:12 pm

Fball in ATL, THEHILLISREAL, you are correct. A change had to be made.
The facilities have been upgraded. My son is a senior, there is no formal and mandatory weight training program. Now the future looks bright.


February 2nd, 2013
1:55 pm

It is funny to see all of the post and see how wrong most of you are. I have attended practice and seen how hard the coaches coach and players don’t execute. I guess you blame that on the coachMays does not have the talant the Dekalb schools in the region have. Coach Callaway and his staff did a great job.Mays Offense scored pts & the Defense stopped people but came up a little short this year playing some great programs. Players have to play at the end of the day you can tell they have been coached.


February 2nd, 2013
6:58 pm

@ Make The Call yes the coach is responsible for his players not executing. Not executing on a 1st year coach understandable, not for a coach who has had a team for 4yrs. By year 4 you are in system mode, after 8 years your in program mode.


February 2nd, 2013
7:09 pm

I can assure you that the Drew coach is firmly planted.

MakeThe Call

February 2nd, 2013
8:35 pm

@THEHILLISREAL … so what do you do when a player does not perform after you bench him? Do you you put him out of your program? I dont think anyone that has commented on this topic understands what happened or how a football program should be run. I know Coach Callaway did a great job with what he had and Mays football will be at the bottom of the barrell like Therell,Douglass & South Atlanta and the others. I really enjoyed watching them play and now it will be amazing if they win another game under the GREAT Coach Jarvis!


February 2nd, 2013
8:48 pm

What about the students who have formed a relationship with Coach Calloway for the past years, who are seniors and now have a cloud hovering over their senior year. Those students, who know him as an instructor and are now without a teacher. Maybe Dr. Smith can teach conditioning now. Good luck coach, remember your “hill” experience and go forth and do well!


February 2nd, 2013
9:36 pm

If it is true that Coach Jarvis is coming to Mays that won’t be so bad. He can coach and he can entice players to stay at Mays and maybe just maybe move to the school to play for him.
Now I can’t believe that a school like Mays doesn’t have a weight program. Heck that’s like playing 8 on 11 to give the other schools that big advantage! Then Mays did well to win that many games with no off season program. Most Players are made in the off season. Then again maybe Jarvis is moving closer just in case an epic fail at MLK next year.


February 4th, 2013
3:21 pm

Jasper Jewell made this decision for Smith he is selective and favors DeKalb. How do you think Caldwell came back to APS after the riff at MAYS, Jewell. If you want a shot at APS coaching holla at Jewell. He will play political with certain candidates even his Fraternity Brother’s so he does not discriminate.


February 4th, 2013
11:09 pm

This is a complete shame. Coach Calloway is an excellent coach who was fired for political reasons. The SWATS has a lot of park league all stars who think that when they get to the High School level things are supposed to be automatically given to them and their loud mouth parents who can’t stand it when they don’t get there way. These are only a few parents but they always have the principles ear. The Principal is too weak to stand up to this and you fire a coach with a 40-19 record in one of the toughest regions over those years. APS cannot recruit like Dekalb county schools where you can leave one season and play the next. There are no Bishop E.L. apartments for addresses. He coaches what he has and puts his heart and time in it for very little pay. I wish Jeff Beggs would step in as this is the Best coached team in APS and they will be headed to the bottom without this staff.


February 5th, 2013
11:07 am

Tyrone ain’t weak! I’m suprise he stuck with Callaway this long. Mays be ok …. maybe now we can stop Sandy Creek and Creekside from taken the talent from Young middle as well as
as keep top talent there Lorenzo Carter the #1 DE in 2014 class.

Tawana Thomas

February 5th, 2013
2:38 pm

@ Make the call. Callaway was the reason there wasn’t Colleges lined up and down the hill. He had kids with real raw talent that couldn’t afford to leave the school district although they would have jump ship as well. He always had talent he just didn’t know what to do with the gift. He played favorites himself and he got jacked in the end.He had no relationship with the park or the feeder schools because there was a real personality issue with him. Glad he’s gone and if he was going to get the job done he would have done it with the 2008, 2009 class and with quaterback Homer Clausey please!!!!that’s what has been said since my four years at the school. And guess what there is NO weight program ripley’s believe it or NOT!!! This should have happened a long time ago. So many of those boys would have had a real future and connection to the next level. It’s not about ego it’s about getting the kids to the next level. Plus I was tired of seeing the same ole four plays !!!! And I’m a female…….


February 5th, 2013
3:05 pm

You all can say what you want I have seen Mays play for a lot of years and I know the coaches.I also have been to workouts and seen the boys working on the hill in the summer.The Mays program has a lot of kids from Young. On tomorrow you will see how much talant Mays has over the other schools like Dekalb Co. The Coach can not hide the players on film and that is what colleges look at.If you are a player… coach or not you will stand out no matter what! Coach Callaway has done an awesome job there Coach C J has went 4-6 the last few years and had all the talant in the world at MLK and didn’t get to far. I guess he will be out after Mays drops their first few games. TT if you are tired of the same four plays you should not watch football because that’s all good teams need to run and utilize them with diffrent formations( Dont be a Jack of all trades and master of none!) I see all of these post and really feel sorry for what’s going to happen to a once proud program. The grass aint always greener on the other side You all will see.

Mays Player

February 6th, 2013
5:09 pm

I personally don’t under stand why coach Calloway was fired. ME and some of my teammates are considering moving to Grady, Carver, or Sandy Creek. I think Doc made the wrong decision firing coach Calloway. From the senior captains And Mays high football team.

Football Parent

February 6th, 2013
5:14 pm

i agree with the players


February 6th, 2013
9:38 pm

@make the call…. Dang, I’m starting to think your coach callaway. You should have been in the office when Tyrone was talking to him. 1st of all Mays isn’t program …. Carver is team…
Grady/ Mays are organized teams…. Sandy Creek/Carrollton/Burke Co./ Gainesville are
programs.CJ was 50-11 in 5years at MLK… so 10 games season 10×5 =50…. so would that be 11 playoff. HMMMMMMMMM! How many did callaway have in 5 year?