South Cobb hires Burke County coordinator Youngblood as head coach

South Cobb has hired Burke County defensive coordinator Michael Youngblood as its head football coach to replace Ed Koester, who resigned in January.

Youngblood also was Dunwoody’s head coach in 2009, when the DeKalb County school was 7-5.

Youngblood was part of Burke County’s Class AAA championship team in 2011 and Tucker’s AAAA title team in 2008.

Youngblood was a player on Burke’s 1997 state runner-up team and later a member of national championship teams at Georgia Southern in 1999 and 2000.

An assistant coach on Burke’s 1997 team was Franklin Stephens, another former Georgia Southern player, who brought Youngblood on his staff at Tucker.

South Cobb was 7-3 last season and 26-27 in five seasons under Koester, who had produced three straight winning seasons after a 6-24 patch from 2007 to 2009. Koester stepped down to spend more time with family in Cherokee County.

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only a matter of time

March 2nd, 2013
11:56 pm

Good Luck

March 4th, 2013
8:08 am

Good luck with the admin team there.

Football Fan 2

March 4th, 2013
10:47 am

Todd, what is going on with the football program at Osbourne High School? They have had consecutive losing seasons, and even the parents have given up hope of winning seasons. Why is it Creekside and South Cobb got a new coach, yet Osbourne still has the same coach and they schools to have before they make coach changes?

Football Fan 2

March 4th, 2013
10:49 am

Mean’t How many losing seasons are they willing to allow before they make a coach change there.


March 4th, 2013
5:16 pm

To Football Fan 2, don’t look now but no one is beating down the door to coach football at Osborne. You obviously didn’t go there or you’d know how to spell the school correctly. You also must not be following the program very closely as Xarvia Smith is doing wonderful things at that school. They may have gone 2-8 in back to back seasons but there were a couple close games that could’ve gone either way. He and his staff are working hard to bring back Cardinal pride and the players are good young men who also work hard and are trying to win games.

Football Fan 2

March 6th, 2013
9:46 am

@GoRaiders… No, I did not attend Osborne, but my nephew did and played football, so I am an insider that attended 8 games both years. Although the football might be trying hard, they are still games and by large margins. Out of the past 2 season, there have been only 2 close games, so not sure if you have your stats correct. And I have heard the fans, and the parents in the stands, and seen the crowd turn-out. They also want a new coach. The team is not disciplined, they are on the side lines dancing to the band playing, and their hearts are not in the game. They look intimidated by teams with tall players. They lack confidence, and this is something a coach has to instill in his players. The players that are trying hard, are in small numbers, and they play both sides of the ball and are worn out by the middle of the second quarter. These are issues the coaching staff must contend with if they want to get that “Cardinal” pride back. The people come to the games to hear and see their band. The coaches have to win games so that people will want to see the team play. Most schools in Cobb county with 10 yrs of losing seasons would have gotten a new coach. I realize their coach is still new to the school, but the kids in the school do not want to play football because they are not motivated to do so because of their record.


March 6th, 2013
1:08 pm

@Football Fan 2 – I am not understanding your point Coach Smith has only been at Osborne 2 years. Osborne has been through many coaching changes over the years and nothing has changed. By all “objective” reports Coach Smith is doing a good job. When a program is down it will take longer to rebuild. What Osborne needs is stability and not to change coaches just because parents and fans have NO CLUE what it takes to build a program. It starts in the youth leagues and middle school you have to build from there. And convince the parents/kids to remain in the program.

Just for honesty sake – I had a daughter graduate from Osborne and she was able to go to college but my wife and I made a decision not to have our son (a pretty good football player) attend Osborne so we moved to the Hillgrove district. And I know of at least 5 or 6 other who made the decision to move there kids to Hillgrove or Allatoona.

Osborne problems goes way deeper than just changing coaches.

only time will tell

March 7th, 2013
2:07 pm

dsportfan…glad you decided to come to the nest. Hillgrove has it’s issues but on the whole you have competitive teams and solid academics. you’re spot on Osborne’s youth squads. they simply have nothing to build from. one year they had maybe 13 kids on the 8th grade team. you can’t build a program like that.