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.