Dallas changes mind, leaves North Cobb Christian confused, disappointed

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.’’

16 comments Add your comment

Just Saying

March 27th, 2013
4:52 pm

Hope they had an early termination clause in the contract.

only a matter of time

March 27th, 2013
9:28 pm

Hubert Green

March 27th, 2013
10:53 pm

80 applicants for a Class A program that went 6-42? Must be paying 6 figures.

some sense

March 28th, 2013
7:23 am

Easy. The guy didn’t want to move. Life goes on. As “only a matter…” says, “Next!!”

Veteran Fan

March 28th, 2013
7:50 am

Maybe he realized that NCC can’t win in football as they don’t have any serious committed players! 6-42 in single A is a serious problem! I mean they play Mt Paran and Walker and if you can’t beat cupcakes like that, maybe you shouldn’t have a program!

Go Wolverines

March 28th, 2013
10:48 am

Walker is not a cupcake, dude. 11-1 quarterfinal team last year.

Know it all

March 28th, 2013
11:46 am

Who can’t make the quarterfinals in the two system classification?

what did you say

March 28th, 2013
6:47 pm

Know it all…..it seems you have all the answers….what team do you follow? sounds like you are envious of the private schools…

football fan

March 28th, 2013
6:48 pm

I think “Know it All” team did not make the playoff…..can you say sour grapes.

Level playing field

March 28th, 2013
6:53 pm

Hey Veteran FAn…..is the “veteran” referring to your age …like in over 80 years old. that is the only way your stupid comments might make sense. You certainly do not know anything about single A football teams…

Dekalb Co Guy

March 28th, 2013
8:43 pm

take the job and then send an email saying you changed your mind? He didnt have anybody’s phone number to at least call and tell them man to man? And this is someone who is suppose to be coaching boys and teaching them how to be men?

Proud Panther

March 29th, 2013
7:39 am

TODD, did you hear or get any word on who is Southwest Dekalb head coach ?

Swamp Lizard

March 29th, 2013
7:49 am

DANG !! ….. I bet the players & fans are shocked over this at NCC …. I know I’d be hurt.

Know it all

March 29th, 2013
9:39 am

not envious of any of you. Just pointing out that in Class A 16 schools can claim they made it to the quarterfinals….

Grades or Sports

March 29th, 2013
2:43 pm

Know it all….Maybe some Class A schools are more interested in improving their students SAT scores than their time in the 40. Maybe Class A schools want their students to achieve higher goals. But these higher goals are not measured in improving their vertical leap for basketball. Maybe preparing students for college and success in life is better than just preparing a student for a Friday night game and stroking the egos of frustrated wash up ex jocks bubba dads


April 1st, 2013
1:30 pm

I wouldn’t leave KNOXVILLE for NCC! As laid back as that area is, to go back to COBB County! No Way, but I do agree he should have not signed if he was really prepared to move. Congrats to Grace for keeping him, I’m sure he got a little bump is SAL to stay.