Central-Carroll coach takes job at Kennesaw State; Zackery promoted

Central of Carrollton promoted defensive coordinator Rico Zackery to head coach on Wednesday to replace Grant Chestnut, the Times-Georgian of Carrollton reported.

Chestnut was hired as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Kennesaw State this week by KSU coach Brian Bohannon.

Zackery also has coached at Colquitt County and Riverside Military Academy.

Central has gone 4-6 and 5-6 under Chestnut after finishing 0-10 in 2010.

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Dekalb Co Guy

April 18th, 2013
7:58 am

So 4-6 and 5-6 can get you an offensive coordinator job on the college level? I guess its more about who you know that what u do on the field.


April 18th, 2013
10:53 am

He took a 0-10 program to 4-6 and 5-6. That is pretty good. You don’t know much about Central, Carrollton do you?

big daddy

April 18th, 2013
1:08 pm

very few people that spout off on here know what they are talking about.

Phil Knight

April 18th, 2013
2:13 pm

Haters hate bc they aint got s%#t

Dekalb Co Guy

April 18th, 2013
2:34 pm


What is their to know about Central Carrollton? maybe the program improved. But I still stand by what I said, 5-6 gets you an offensive coordinator job on the collegiate level? That stands as a suprise to me.

And to be honest 5-6 aint all that…considering who they beat? Region 4-AAA was probaby the weakest in AAA. They only beat Douglass,Atl 14-9, enough said. And 3 of their 5 wins were against City of Atlanta teams. So maybe he has turned things around some, but it might partly be do to the lesser competition that they faced this season.

Dekalb Co Guy

April 18th, 2013
2:41 pm

and to all those who had a problem with what I said.

Maybe it was a semi blind statement that I only half heartedly made. I am sure Coach Chestnut did a great job for Central. But I did research it and he played at Georgia Southern for Paul Johnson.

So as I presumed, him getting job probably has a lot more to do with who he knows (the Georgia Southern roots) than coaching success.

Paladin Death Dealer

April 19th, 2013
4:40 am

Coach Chesnut was an outstanding player at Brookwood and then at Georgia Southern. He has done a great job at Central Carrollton bringing them from 0-10 and no hope to being competitive at 4-6 and 5-6. He will do a great job for Coach Bohannon. At Central Carrollton, he had to compete with Carrollton’s recruiting efforts and deep pockets. This hater in Dekalb needs to go apoly for and get that Central Carrollton job and show us how to take it to 10-0. Then you can come back on here and talk.

Dekalb Co Guy

April 19th, 2013
7:29 am

lol. I didnt think I was being a hater by what I said. I hope he does a great job at Kennesaw St.

But the facts are what they are. He was 9-12 in the last 2 seasons. That is average at best.

So you are telling me he got the job because he did such a wonderful job of making Central such a competitive 5-6 powerhouse or did he get the job because of his connections of knowing and having played at Ga Southern?

If you think its the former and not the latter, you need to come off that pipe you smoking on. It is what it is, Im not mad at him. Just calling it as I see it.

Phil Knight

April 19th, 2013
8:54 am

As all coaches know there’s only one thing harder than creating a culture, and that’s changing the culture. Chesnut did that, but most importantly Grant Chesnut worked incredibly hard to impact those young men off the field. I’m sure that Chesnut made an impression on Bohannon (throughout the years) as well.
Why as coaches can’t we applaud a fellow coach for working his butt off, changing the culture of a program, leading kids towards a purposeful lifestyle?

KSU Alum

April 19th, 2013
9:31 am

Guys, its all who you know! Its actually becoming the norm, you dont have to be an OC or a DC to become a head coach anymore in high school. Coaches that have been OC’s and DC’s for many years are now getting passed up on coaches who are just better fit for head coaches. Some guys are not made to be head coaches and some are.
I personally thought CBB would get coaches that were more familiar with KSU area. Cobb County has roughly 20 High schools, KSU will not have any issues with getting talent, I just hope the right guys will be in place to coach that talent.


April 19th, 2013
9:34 am

I guess it is easy to see what the offense will be. Love the wing t but hope it has more shotgun/spread style too. Here in Georgia we are blessed with a ton of running QBs who can throw well. New school,new players QB needs to run to survive until they get their feet on the ground. I alread have my fighting owls shirt.

Just being real

April 19th, 2013
2:24 pm

Yes, because He got no money from CC school board…(Hope you detect the sarcasm) He tucked tail and ran. He took a job earlier in Year and then reversed field the next day. Tried to leave last year too. 5-6 is about the max at CC. Doesn’t matter the coach, every few years they’ll be 0-10, then get older and be average, then repeat cycle. Shows true class of Chesnutts to leave right before spring. Like a lot of ladder climbers, only worried about self (Although in this situation, it’s probably smart to leave.) I just wouldn’t have gone to a start up program, he’ll never see success there.

As an aside…if CC would stop worrying about trying to be Carrollton, they might have some success. Best thing they did was stay out of the same class as Carrollton.


April 22nd, 2013
10:09 am

giggle @ recruiting by Carrollton