Brookwood assistant Michael Owens was named the head coach at Chattahoochee on Friday.
Owens will replace Terry Crowder, who took the head coaching job at Creekview in Cherokee County last month.
‘’I really can’t describe how excited I am to be part of a program and school that’s always been successful,’’ Owens said. “There’s nothing broken at Chattahoochee. That’s not why Terry made decision he made. I just hope to continue to build on to what Terry has done.’’
Chattahoochee won the Class AAAA championship in 2010, the same year that Brookwood team won the AAAAA title. Chattahoochee was 7-4 last season playing in Region 7-AAAAAA.
Owens has assisted at Brookwood since 2005 and was part of 2006 state runner-up and 2010 state championship teams. Brookwood doesn’t grant official titles to its assistants, but Owens was integral in developing Brookwood’s defenses for much of his time with the Broncos, although he helped out on the offensive side the past two years.
Brookwood’s teams are known for the run game and defense. Owens said his offensive and defensive schemes would depend on the personnel from year to year.
‘’Football is still won and lost on the line of scrimmage,’’ Owens said. “We saw that in the Super Bowl. A strong defense is what you need. My preference is a pro style multiple offense which gives you chance to run and pass because in high school you can’t recruit your players. You accommodate the players you have.’’
Four of Crowder’s assistant coaches, including both coordinators, also left for Creekview, so Owens will have some holes to fill.
Prior to coming to Brookwood, Owens was head coach at Peachtree Ridge for its first two seasons, 2003 and 2004. He has been an assistant at McEachern (1991, 1994-2002) and Presbyterian College (1992-93).
A native of South Carolina and former player at Presbyterian, Owens was hired out of college at Peachtree, whose coach was Dave Hunter, who later would build Brookwood into a state power before turning the program over to Mark Crews. Owens left coaching for seven years to work in business before returning at McEachern in 1991.
Owens is the second prominent assistant from Gwinnett County to take a head coaching position this off-season. Robert Andrews of Grayson was hired at East Jackson last month.