12:39 pm March 2, 2013, by Todd Holcomb
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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