Football coaching changes: Updates with hires at Dacula, Duluth; openings at Lakeside, Banneker

More additions to story published Feb. 26 and updated Feb. 28:

Dacula has hired Lumpkin County coach Tommy Jones to replace Jared Zito. Jones is a Brookwood graduate who worked at Dacula during the 2000 and 2001 seasons under Kevin Maloof. Jones was 27-43 in seven seasons at Lumpkin County, a school without much football tradition that jumped to Class AAAA from AA during Jones’ tenure.

Duluth promoted offensive coordinator Jason Conner to replace Corey Jarvis. Conner also coached at Jefferson under Bill Navas, who is now Duluth’s athletics director.

Mike Rozier of Lakeside in DeKalb County has resigned. Banneker also has announced an opening to replace Marquis Slaton.

Eleven Georgia football coaches who have won a total of 34 Georgia state championships have taken new positions or retired since December.  Below is a look at the 10 most newsworthy coaching changes among 64 reported job openings so far in the GHSA.  Nearly half are still open.

1.Jeff Herron, Camden County: Herron, who won three state titles and attained national prominence at Class AAAAAA state power Camden, took a job at Prince Avenue Christian, the Class A private runner-up in 2012. It was a move that put him closer to a daughter, who is expecting her first child. With 31 years in public schools, Herron also is able to draw retirement. Prince Avenue is in Oconee County. Herron’s other state title came in 1999 at Oconee County High.

2. Dell McGee, Carver-Columbus: McGee, 39, is a Columbus native who played in the NFL. He came to Carver in 2005, when the school hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years. His Carver teams won at least 11 games in each of the past seven seasons and won a state title in 2007. McGee was 88-19 in his eight seasons. A week ago, McGee was hired to be a part of Auburn’s support staff under new coach Gus Malzahn.

3. Buck Godfrey, Southwest DeKalb: Godfrey, whose 273 victories ranked No. 1 in DeKalb County history, retired after 30 seasons. Godfrey’s teams made the playoffs 27 times, won 13 region titles and one state title in 1995. Godfrey’s victory total (273-89-1) ranks 13th in state history, third in metro Atlanta and first among African-American coaches in Georgia.

4. T. McFerrin, Jefferson: McFerrin, the only Georgia coach ever to lead five different schools to the state semifinals, went out a winner as his Jefferson team stunned many with the Class A championship. It was Jefferson’s first title, McFerrin’s second. McFerrin also brought home Elbert County’s only state title in 1995. McFerrin’s final record is 340-102-4, making him the fourth most-winning Georgia coach among those who spent the bulk of their time in Georgia. McFerrin, 71, retired one other time, after coaching South Gwinnett in 2004, but this time, it’s permanent.

5. Ed Pilcher, Bainbridge: Pilcher’s departure from Bainbridge was thought to be a retirement. Instead, the five-time state championship coach surfaced days later at Berrien, which might qualify as the toughest coaching job in South Georgia. Berrien has not had a winning season since 1995 or a playoff victory since 1991. Pilcher made his name at Thomas County Central, where he won five state titles in the 1990s. Pilcher’s career record is 240-94-1.

6. Barney Hester, Tattnall Square: The only coach in Georgia history with more state titles than Hester is Wright Bazemore (14). Hester is tied with Larry Campbell with 11, all won at Tattnall Square, a Georgia Independent School Association school in Macon. In January, Hester pulled a shocker when he left Tattnall after 31 seasons for Howard, a Macon public school that opened in 2008 and is a mere 5-45 in football, riding a 24-game winning streak.

7. Rick Tomberlin, Effingham County: Tomberlin retired after 31 seasons as a head coach. He was 236-118-0, putting him the top 30 for victories in Georgia. His calling card was strength and agility, which he used to build a state power at Washington County, winning state titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997 with the likes of Takeo Spikes and Terrence Edwards. spent only three seasons at Effingham, finishing up 6-5, after a turbulent four seasons at Valdosta, where he was fired after going 22-21.

8. Terry Crowder, Chattahoochee: Crowder, coach of Chattahoochee’s 2010 state championship team, left for Creekview, a Cherokee County school that opened in 2006 and finished 9-2 in 2012 under program founder Al Morrell, who retired. The move entails a drop in classification to AAAAA. It also suggests a greater willingness of Cherokee County schools to pay to attract top coaches. Note that Crowder was the defensive coordinator on Camden County’s 2003 state championship team. It would’ve been interesting to see if Camden had pursued Crowder, or vice-versa, to replace Herron.

9. Greg Oglesby, Manchester: Oglesby has turned over the program to Tanner Glisson and will remain Manchester’s athletics director. With a 129-59-2 record in 17 seasons, Oglesby is his alma mater’s all-time most winning coach. He won Manchester’s only state title in 1997.

10. Mark Farriba, Prince Avenue Christian: Farriba had just taken Prince Avenue to the Class A private final when he announced he was returning to his alma mater, Stratford Academy in Macon. Farriba led Stratford to a GISA state title in 2004. He also won GISA state in 1985 at First Presbyterian. Farriba’s return to Stratford fueled speculation that Stratford would be joining the GHSA, following the lead of another GISA school in Macon, Mount de Sales. That decision is imminent.

Reported GHSA job opening:

Special thanks to Steve Slay and GHSFHA.com for maintaining this list.

Adairsville – Open (Jim Kremer)

Americus-Sumter – Open (Michael Pollock/Chris Wade)

Atkinson County – Kip Hall (Jody Stone)

Bacon County – Hildrick Garrison (Bobby Johns)

Bainbridge – Open (Ed Pilcher)

Banneker – Open (Marquis Slaton)

Berrien – Ed Pilcher (Rob Armstrong)

Bradwell Institute – Open (Jim Walsh Jr.)

Bremen – Scott Hodges (Ricky Tolleson)

Camden County – Open (Jeff Herron)

Carver (Columbus) – Open (Dell McGee)

Cedar Grove – Open (Ray Bonner)

Chattahoochee – Michael Owens (Terry Crowder)

Clarke Central - Ahren Self (Leroy Ryals)

Coosa – Todd Wheeler (Chad Perry)

Creekside – Open (Aaron Whittington)

Creekview – Terry Crowder (Al Morrell)

Cross Creek – Robert McCarty (Travis Nixon)

Dacula -Tommy Jones (Jared Zito)

Druid Hills – Open (Kip Hall)

Duluth – Jason Conner (Corey Jarvis)

Dutchtown – Open (Jason Galt)

East Jackson - Robert Andrews (Brian Smith)

Effingham County – Buddy Holder (Rick Tomberlin)
Forest Park – John Diehl (Don J. Williams)

Forsyth Central – Shane Williamson (Chris Bennett)

Franklin County – Jerry Underwood (Tommy Welch)

Georgia Military College – Steve Simpson (Brad Owens)

Glenn Hills – Tim McClain (Andrew Young)

Gordon Central – Open (Chad Fisher)

Habersham Central – Open (Stuart Cunningham)

Harrison – Matt Dickmann (Marty Galbraith/Bruce Cobleigh)

Heritage (Conyers) - Mike Parris (Chad Frazier)

Houston County – Von Lassiter (Greg Robinson)

Howard – Barney Hester (David Cape)

Jackson – Dary Myricks (Mike Parris)

Jefferson – Ben Hall (T. McFerrin)

LaFayette – Chad Fisher (Tab Gable)

Lakeside (Atlanta) – (Mike Rozier)

Lanier County – Phillip Johnson (David Ward)

M.L. King – Open (Rober Freeman)

Manchester – Tanner Glisson (Greg Oglesby)

Mays – Open (Dominic Callaway)

Mount Pisgah Christian – Mike Forester (Doug Dixon)

Mount Vernon Presbyterian – Open (Reggie Burnette)

Murray County – Open (John Hammond)

North Cobb Christian – Open (Harry Miles)

North Forsyth - Jason Galt (Blair Armstrong)

North Springs – Steve Horton (Todd Powers)

Northside (Columbus) – Morgan Ingram (Paul Cates)

Pace Academy – Chris Slade (Matt Hall)

Prince Avenue Christian - Jeff Herron (Mark Farriba)

Putnam County – Open (Ben Reaves)

Roswell – John Ford (Justin Sanderson)

South Atlanta – Open (Julius Moses)

South Cobb – Open (Ed Koester)

Southwest DeKalb – Open (Buck Godfrey)

Swainsboro – Ken Eldridge (David Johnson)

Therrell – Open (Tony Rambo)

Thomasville  - Leroy Ryals (Richie Marsh)

Toombs County – Steve Versprille (Shane Williamson)

Villa Rica – Chad Frazier (Mike Falleur)

Walnut Grove – Ben Reaves (O.J. Soto)

Warren County – Cherard Freeman

Westlake – Open (Stanley Pritchett)

Windsor Forest – Open (Jason Roundtree)

Worth County - Jason Tone (Scotty Ward)

56 comments Add your comment

Old Ball Coach

February 26th, 2013
1:07 pm

Dallas Avery didnt take the job at South Atlanta.

swd grad

February 26th, 2013
1:33 pm

Newton County Head Coach and former SWD football player Cortez Allen would be a great choice to be SWD head coach.

Todd Holcomb

February 26th, 2013
2:08 pm

Thanks, OBC. Updated.

ThatGuy

February 26th, 2013
2:34 pm

Franklin County Tommy Welch retired and Jerry Underwood from on staff was hired.

Jefferson

February 26th, 2013
4:54 pm

Adairsville is looking.

bucket

February 26th, 2013
5:41 pm

I thought Prince had one of the best coaching combos in the state with Coach Farriba and Coach Bell. When I head that Coach Farriba was leaving I would have never dreamed that his replacement would be Coach Herron.

Big Dog

February 27th, 2013
8:05 am

Warren County just hired Cherard Freeman

Dekalb Co Guy

February 27th, 2013
8:54 am

Corey Jarvis, formerly of MLK and most recently Duluth, is suppose to be the new coach at Mays

Willie Dee

February 27th, 2013
10:01 am

Old Ball Coach, Do you no why Dallas Avery did’nt take the job at South Atlanta?

Douglas

February 27th, 2013
10:51 am

Auburn makes the move to hire Dell McGee (good choice) and Mark Richt does nothing to improve UGA’s recruiting. You can’t teach stupid.

starbucks

February 27th, 2013
11:51 am

Newton County Coach Cortez Allen got hired as the MLK coach. Good Job to Coach Freeman. He shouldn’t have a problem finding another head job if that’s his goal. He has a bright future.

nate from detroit

February 27th, 2013
12:05 pm

Douglas, Mark Richt is 6-1 vs Aubie the last 7 yrs and the last 2 years the combined scores are 83-7. I think calling him stupid while comparing him to any moves made at Aubie is a bit of a reach, isn’t it?

ThatGuy

February 27th, 2013
12:17 pm

Nate, how many NC’s has he won? Just saying….

nate from detroit

February 27th, 2013
1:44 pm

Well, that guy how many has Malzahn won?

Tipp Smooth

February 27th, 2013
2:00 pm

Thanks for the memories coach Jeff Herron of Camden, and thanks
for the State Titles….Camden will rise..

dekalbFB1

February 27th, 2013
8:45 pm

I am sorry to hear about Coach Jarvis. Sometime the grass is not always greener on the other side. Remember the 80/20 rule? How sure is the hiring of Coach Allen at MLK? If so, he will have a good returning group of players! I know some people are saying that King lost a lot of talent, but their backups are good! QB, RB, DB, OL, K.

Hideyourwives

February 28th, 2013
1:38 am

Mark Richt can’t hire anyone if the athletic dept won”t spend the money to hire them.

Dekalb Co Guy

February 28th, 2013
8:38 am

@dekalbFB1

I am not sure if when Jarvis left MLK, it was because he thought the grass was greener on the other side. As we know, and as we have seen playing out in the media now, Dekalb is all politics. Your resources are limited, so he wanted to try something else. Sure I dont think he had the success at Duluth that he was looking for. But Duluth, you dont get the football players that the Brookwood, and Graysons get. Duluth,Meadowcreek, Berkmar and you can throw in Cross Keys in N Dekalb will always face disadvantages on the football field because of their higher proportionate enrollments of Hispanic, Asian students who arent as inclined to take an interest in football.

But now that Jarvis has returned to his roots (attended Harper, which was mostly consoliated into Mays), I expect him to take them to the playoffs very soon.

Old Ball Coach

February 28th, 2013
9:02 am

@Willie Dee
Typical APS stuff. From my understanding, not sure if he would be able to get in the building as well as not being able to put his own staff together. Anyone would be a fool to take that offer. I hear Jarvis is already in the building at Mays (can anyone confirm) I wish him the best. If Callaway was given his walking papers with the record and success he had with a declining talent pool over there at Mays, Jarvis will have to win a state championship for Jerry Jones (Dr. Smith)

ThatGuy

February 28th, 2013
9:09 am

Nate, you said Aubie, not Malzahn. But to be fair, Malzahn was calling the offense when they won the NC. Keep trying.

Dekalb Co Guy

February 28th, 2013
9:39 am

@Old Ball Coach

Cant confirm he is already in the building. But according to certain social media outlets, he is. but as you stated APS, along with Dekalb too, are so political.

dekalbFB1

February 28th, 2013
11:02 am

@Dekalb Co Guy – I read your comment about Coach Jarvis departure at MLK. He is not NEW to the GAME! He know the faculities are not the same as Duluth along with the TALENT! I have nothing against him for wanting to spread his wing. But again welcome home Coach. Good luck in every game EXCEPT MLK!

dekalbFB1

February 28th, 2013
11:04 am

@Dekalb Co Guy There is politics in everything we do. We also have politics everywhere we go….

itsallpolitcal

February 28th, 2013
11:13 am

Callaway will rebound. He has earned the respect of the coaching community. Jarvis is already in the building been there. Coach Callaway has been disrespected by that adminstration. It is a disgrace to not even allow him to leave the building!

nate from detroit

February 28th, 2013
11:14 am

Well, using your logic That Guy, Coach Richt was calling the offense at FSU when they won a national championship…or was it 2 NC’s

ThatGuy

February 28th, 2013
12:00 pm

No, Nate, you’re comparing “Aubie” to Mark Richt and UGA. Reading comprehension goes a long way. You see there was no mention of FSU. And since Malzahn was a part of “Aubie”, the correlation is there.

Thanks for playing!

WOW!

February 28th, 2013
12:12 pm

Lambert needs a new coach as NEPOTISM is Rampant with their football program!!!!

Old Ball Coach

February 28th, 2013
12:13 pm

Thanks @itsallpolitical i agree with you about how Callaway was treated. But as far as leaving the building he would have to be transferred to another school that has an opening ( which could be a school that he doesnt want to go to) or a principal that is willing to swap a teacher. Or he would have to just apply for a head job somewhere else and hope he can get in the building there. I wish him the best because he is a great guy and i wish Jarvis the best because that principal has put him in a tough situation.

Dekalb Co Guy

February 28th, 2013
12:18 pm

@dekalbFB1

yeah politics are everywhere, but the ones existing in Dekalb go far beyond just politics. They trend toward ineptitude.

But I do look forward to that MLK/Mays game, they had a great one last year,

DekalbFB

February 28th, 2013
3:03 pm

Brett “Kip” Hall from Druid Hills got the Atkinson County job.

Fulton County Troubles

February 28th, 2013
5:25 pm

Why does it take Fulton Schools so long to name coaches. MLK(Dekalb) job opened after Chattahoochee and the others schools in south County. They have a coach and we don’t. What’s the hold up with Fulton? We all know how dysfunctional Dekalb is. Have to wonder if Fulton is not as dysfunctional. Fulton has a new school wide AD. What’s the use when we can’t get a coach named in a timely fashion. Fulton is the one that’s really dysfunctional someone needs to take a look.

mistermak

March 1st, 2013
2:01 am

Hmmm… I wonder who will be Camden’s next coach?

Mighty Mighty Wildcats

March 1st, 2013
8:15 am

I hope Camden doesnt get our coach at VD, he has started to turn things around after a long slide.

Falcons

March 1st, 2013
9:01 am

coach

March 1st, 2013
9:56 am

why in the hell is coach lockett still at mcnair he should been fired along time ago their program sucks .they havent came close to the playoffs sincde coach mo left .also the cedar grove job is the best job in dekalb county they are the loaded with talent ..

Coach Of APS

March 1st, 2013
10:12 am

Coach Avery& I work Together South Atlanta Is a Basketball School He was Told By Reddick That He would Not Be In The Building Corey Jarvis is @ May’s He’s In The Building&He’s Recruiting Hard Several Well Known City Youth Program’s Viking’s Rattler’s&Knight’s He Has Offered Coach Trez Of Washington High Fam(Maryland University a Job) But Word is The New South Atlanta Coach will Be Prittchet…. I Do Believe if Coach Caldwell Stay’s@Kipp Collegiate when they play varisty in another They will be a Powerhouse In Single A Ball

Camden74

March 1st, 2013
10:41 am

Good luck Coach Herron! Thanks for helping to place Camden County Wildcat Football on the State and National Map! I heard there are over 100 applicants for the Camden job…. Hopefully, Franklin Stephens will be the next Head Football Coach at Camden County High School! I believe he is the best person for the job…..Release the CATS! :-D

Camden 79

March 1st, 2013
12:11 pm

AS I SAID IN AN EARLIER POST LAST WEEK, THINK HOW THE CHANGE WILL AFFECT THE KIDS, THERE ARE 2 OR 3 COACHES ON STAFF THAT COULD TAKE THIS PROGRAM WHERE IT IS NOW AND CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AS IN THE PAST, BUT I HOPE THE HIRING BOARD WILL REALLY TAKE THEIR TIME IN WHOMEVER THEY SELECT, CAN’T WAIT TILL AUGUST FOR SOME CAMDEN WILDCAT FOOTBALL………….

DekalbCountyCoach

March 1st, 2013
10:41 pm

Jarvis is in the building at Mays, he won 12 games at Duluth, some of you guys are forgetting Duluth was the last school to lose to Meadowcreek. South Atlanta has begged Callaway to take the job. Everyone should STAY AWAY from Pritchett, 0-10 at Westlake, really? Cortez is a great hire by King, Wonder who SWD will get and I am happy for Coach Godfrey and Coach Bonner well deserved. Would like to see both schools not hire old and used, unless they bring winning records. For both to get over the hump they need fresh blood.

ATLObserver

March 2nd, 2013
9:11 am

DekalbCountyCoach I agree with alot of your observations. Jarvis has a tall task at Mays. The bar has been raised and results will be needed immediately. Can’t figure out Pritchett. Must be a disconnect somewhere. And speaking of new blood, word is South Atlanta is looking to make a big time move in that direction.

dekalbFB1

March 2nd, 2013
2:09 pm

Any School AD who is looking for a young excellent coach. Coach Freeman (MLK) ex head coach. He brings excitement and can relate to players and parents well.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

March 3rd, 2013
10:35 am

McNair has it players along with other “smaller” Dekalb schools taken by the bigger schools! Transfer rule in Dekalb is a joke ! Make them sit out a year then let’s see who can coach.

Coffee100

March 4th, 2013
6:49 am

Hey That Guy and Nate. You guys are such dorks.

Dekalb Co Guy

March 4th, 2013
11:17 am

So Lakeside (Dekalb) has gone through another coach. Wow. I am not sure what the issue is over there. throught the mid 90’s Lakeside probably along with SwD and Tucker were the premier programs in Dekalb. Since Coach Lindsey left, they have had some lean years over there. What is the problem over there? Its one thing to not be a perennial power anymore, but man, seems every year they are 1-9 or 0-10. I know they did used to benefit a lot from the M&M transfers back in the day, but they cant at least put a quality team together at least every couple of years?

@dekalbFB1

March 4th, 2013
3:17 pm

@NoDistrictLinesInDekalb – I agree 100% about what you stated.But look at it from the view of a parent and football player. If your son is playing at a smaller school, most recruiter look at GPA, level of competion (opponet), and wins and losses along with the connections of the HC. Would you blame a parent for wanting to obtaining FREE education to their son. They (parents) main/first priority is their son/family not the school, or anyone outside of the cirlcle!

swd grad

March 5th, 2013
1:01 pm

Any word or any top candidates for the SWD head coach job ?

Helmethead

March 5th, 2013
5:35 pm

At Lakeside Dekalb, you are playing a TOUGH region 6-AAAAA schedule with “AA” numbers….that is a FACT! The hispanic and asian population over in that area has just ballooned upwards and those kids do not play FB or basketball, baseball, etc. They have like 900 males in the building, BUT it is like 300 whites, 300 blacks, and 300 hispanic and asian males so 1/3 of your students are not playing any of the big 3 sports. Your competition in region 6-AAAAA has 900 african-american males for the most part so they have like 3 to 1 more “athletes” to choose from. These FACTS along with the fact that they have a ton of “academic nerds” type of kids really kills the sports program over there. They are successful in girls volleyball (white kids), swimming (white kids), and soccer (white and hispanic kids). Check the records of the other sports with baseball doing well on occasion (white kids) FB and basketball…forget it man! The high water mark over there in FB is maybe 3-7 and hoops 13-13. Those 2 records for each sport would be incredible if they ever got to that! Bottom line, way to much for anyone to overcome but some young buck will take it and come in there to “build a program and turn it around…….” Yea, right…….it ain’t the X’s and O’s, but the Jimmy’s and the Joe’s and there are way to many Jose’s and Yong’s over there at Lakeside HS…..

countryboy2295

March 5th, 2013
5:36 pm

Dekalb County Coach DUDE YOU DON’T KNOW CRAP. ALL YOU DO IS SIT HERE ON THESE BLOGS AND TALK LIKE YOU KNOW SOMETHING. HEAD COACH IS ONLY AS GOOD AS HIS ASSISTANTS AND PLAYERS HE HAS TO COACH. YOU LOOK AT MLK GREAT PLAYERS DUMP TRUCK COACHES THAT’S WHY THEY HAVEN’T WON CRAP. I SEE YOU RUNNING YOUR MOUTH BOUT PRITCHET WANT YOU CALL HIM AND TELL HIM HOW BAD YOU HATE HIM AND HATING ON HIM. I DON’T KNOW PRITCHET BUT I DO KNOW YOU CANT HOLD HIS JOCK. IF YOU REALLY KNOW FOOTBALL WESTLAKE HAD A BUNCH OF 9TH 10 GRADERS PLAYING WITH LESS THAN 10 ACTUAL SENIORS THAT PLAYED. EVERY GAME THEY PLAYED THEY WERE IN IT AND AFTER HALF TIME THEY LOSS. NEVER REALLY GOT BLOWN OUT AT ALL. BUT NOW RIDING JARVIS NUTTS LIKE YOU HIS BIT**** Now you can say same thing bout jarvis he DIDNT WIN IN DULUTH SAME AS PRITCHET 2-8 NO DIFFERENT FROM 0-10 IN MY BOOK. YOU WASNT .500 SO STOP BEING ON BLOGS ALL THE TIME YAPPING YOUR BIG MOUTH ABOUT STUFF YOU DONT KNOW. DO YOU COACH AT ALL.

FOR REAL

March 5th, 2013
11:00 pm

@helmethead…. REALLY! Before you hit submit please reify. You might as well said you need some strapping Studs. HOW BIGOTED! I can ride you 985 get some smart white guys that will clean a lot clocks on football field. By the way Mays football has STEM lifestyle about them. Mays play in 6-5A there FTE report about total 1038, there more girl at Mays than boys3-1.

Dekalb Co Guy

March 6th, 2013
7:53 am

@ Helmethead

Your post while trending toward racially insensitive, maybe has some merit. I live in Lakeside attendance zone myself, but I stay in, shall we say the more racially diverse part of the Lakeside zone. And while it has become more diverse than it used to be, its not like we are talking Cross Keys where you have 90% Hispanic or something. I do agree and have stated that the school with larger hispanic enrollments tend to struggle in football and basketball because they dont play those sports. But that is only 1/3 of the school. They should be able to field better teams than they have. Gainesville just won a state championship with a student population thats half Hispanic. So Lakeside only has 600 males if you take out the Hispanics, but Mays has 750 males, Arabia Mtn has like 550 males, thats not much of a difference to complain about. And as far as the geeks, Marist, St Pius, have geeks yet they win a lot of sports, Oh well maybe that’s why Lakeside struggles, they are getting Lakeside’s athletic geeks. lol