Kenny Dallas, hired as North Cobb Christian’s football coach earlier this month, has changed his mind and will be staying at Grace Christian Academy in Tennessee.
The former Landmark Christian coach told North Cobb Christian athletics director Keith Bollinger of his decision last weekend in an email, leaving Bollinger confused and disappointed.
“Frankly I still don’t understand why a guy says he’s going to come, signs a contract, then gets cold feet after a couple of weeks and says he’s pulling out,’’ Bollinger said. ‘’But that’s what he did. He basically emailed us over the weekend and said ‘I can’t do it; my family doesn’t want to move.’ I’m disappointed in how he ran his timeline and his follow through.’’
Dallas did not immediately return a call to his cell phone on Wednesday.
Dallas’ hiring to the private school in Kennesaw was viewed as one of the better hires of the off-season. Dallas was head football coach at Landmark Christian in Fairburn for 11 seasons. His record was 88-39, and he led Landmark to the Class A championship game in 2011.
Dallas has worked as the director of spiritual life and athletics director at Grace Christian in Franklin, Tenn., for the past year. He is not coaching football there.
North Cobb Christian, better known in sports for its state-ranked boys basketball team, is 6-42 in its six seasons of varsity football. The coach for the past four seasons was Harry Miles.
Bollinger said he was calling back some of finalists from the previous coaching search, which drew more than 80 applicants, with hopes of naming the new coach by middle to late April. Spring practice begins May 6.
‘’It definitely makes you re-think how you know if someone is committed when someone pulls something like this,’’ Bollinger said. “We made an offer. He had two weeks to come up with an answer. He came and visited with his family. He signed the contract. We make our announcement to the school and the media. Then one week later he says no, I can’t do it. That’s what I’m disappointed about.’’