Former Duluth, MLK football coach Jarvis ‘going back home’ to Mays

New Mays head football coach Corey Jarvis says leaving Duluth was a family decision. The coach, best known for his time at M.L. King, already begun work at the Atlanta school and is busy hiring a staff.

‘’It’s closer to home for me,’’ said Jarvis, a graduate of old Harper High in Atlanta. “I’m closer to mom, closer to my house. I know the area well, so it’s like me going back home to be honest. I just had to make a sacrifice for my family time-wise.’’

Duluth was 4-6 in each of Jarvis’ three seasons playing in Region 7-AAAAAA. Duluth’s record was 2-28 over the previous three seasons.

Jarvis’ region doesn’t get much easier at Mays, which was 5-5 last season in 6-AAAAA. It is the region that features Stephenson, Tucker, Southwest DeKalb and Jarvis’ previous employer M.L. King. King was 49-11 in Jarvis’ five seasons (2005-2009) and won five playoff games.

Mays hasn’t won a playoff game since 2007 despite a 35-18 record over the past five years. Asked what it would take for Mays to get to the next level, Jarvis said simply, “Weight room and discipline, the same things we did at King.’’

Jarvis also said that he planned to run a multiple offense that would ‘’throw the ball around.’’ He said his defense would be a traditional 4-3. He was hopeful he could hire four or five of his Duluth and M.L. King  coaches, including coordinators  Kerry Hood (offense) and Lee Hanna (defense). Hannah has interviews for head coaching jobs, Jarvis said.

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Dekalb Co Guy

March 4th, 2013
11:44 am

Welcome back Coach Jarvis. Easily the best hire by an APS in years.

Old School Coach

March 4th, 2013
12:11 pm

Congrads to you Coach Jarvis glad to see you back in the city doing what you love to do coaching and teaching at risk young men. Keep doing what gave you much sucess at MLK at Mays and the APS community will be excited about the brand of Discipline and Football you will bring to this High school and the Mays Football Program.

Mike from Lithonia

March 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

Congrats Coach i know you will be a great leader and teacher just as you were at M.L.K. You (Football) and Coach Ingram (Baseball) left the programs and our young men from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 in great positions with playing ball in both sports at the collegiate levels. And me still being around the programs (outside now looking in) i can assure you that you guys should be very proud of the things you all taught and encouraged our young men to do. I know you will have MAYS winning playoffs games REAL soon.

Hubert Green

March 4th, 2013
2:41 pm

I think the difference between Duluth and MLK can be summed up in one word: talent. At Duluth you didn’t have a lot and schools like Norcross did.

Say It Aint So

March 4th, 2013
2:45 pm

Extremely proud to be a Mays High Raider. Very excited for the up coming season with Coach Jarvis at the helm.


March 4th, 2013
6:31 pm

HUBERT GREEN,,I AGREE 1OO%..There is alot of HEAT UP IN THIS KITCHEN(30 mile radius of Norcross) ! Looks like Norcross is going to get 2 more state titles this weekend in Basketball to go along with that 15-0 State Championship….And do not be surprised if you do see the Norcross Baseball team come this late Spring making a run for the State Baseball title!

MakeThe Call

March 4th, 2013
6:37 pm

I cant wait to see how this is going play out. The Principal and Coach Jarvis will have lot to work out with each other. I wonder if Coach Jarvis will get fired if he goes 500 or less this season or if he goes 500 or less in his second season at Mays. The process and hiring has to be justified.


March 4th, 2013
7:00 pm

Should’a kept his behind at MLK.

Can you blame him ron

March 4th, 2013
7:21 pm

It stinks coaching football in Dekalb. MLK is a great school but the county makes it tough on the coaches.


March 4th, 2013
7:23 pm

CONGRATULATIONS and good luck to new coach Corey Jarvis and the Mays High School Raiders !!!

FootballTopFan loves high school football.

swd grad

March 5th, 2013
12:56 pm

good luck Coach Jarvis. i coached against him while he was at duluth. tough team to beat and but will fight to the game is over. take that with you to mays.

Any word on any top candidates or naming of a head coach at SWD ?


March 5th, 2013
1:01 pm

@ – Can you blame him ron – What about Coach Bonner and Godfrey? They did not for ALOT of years, and with much success! It was just as much STANK then as it is NOW.

chris rock

March 7th, 2013
4:06 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Coach J!!!! I wish Coach Hanna the best he is one hell of a DC and i know he will make a great head coach… Who ever get him will be a winner also!!!

Picture This

March 8th, 2013
1:56 pm

Mays , good move!!!


March 10th, 2013
12:25 pm

Congrats Coach J.

From the Sidelines

March 11th, 2013
8:57 am

Bryan Love formerly of Shiloh and most notably Camden County is the new Head Coach at Westlake