East Jackson’s new football coach, athletic director resign as school system faces budget crunch

The financial crisis in the Jackson County school system has cost East Jackson its head football coach and athletics director.

Robert Andrews, former defensive coordinator at Grayson, and Brent Tisdale, Grayson’s former athletics director, resigned last week. Three assistant coaches, including former Dacula defensive coordinator Gary Hughes, also have stepped down, according to various media reports.

The school system recently announced additional furlough days for 2013-14 and other budget-cutting moves, including the closing of an elementary school and the merging of two middle schools.

“It seems like it would be a great place, but with those furloughs and the instability of what the system looks like, I just can’t justify moving out there at this time in my life,” Tisdale told the Jackson Herald. “None of the guys [coaches] we wanted to bring out there we were going to be able to bring on. It’s already hard enough building a football staff and an athletic department when your points are thin anyway. It’s even harder to recruit coaches that you know are good when you are faced with things like furloughs.”

Tisdale told the newspaper that the system was unable to secure a position for his wife, which had been an expectation when he was hired.

East Jackson opened in 2007 with strong booster-club support and good facilities, including a turf field, in a growing area northeast of metro Atlanta. The team was 10-2 in its second season under Frank Caputo, finishing runner-up in Region 8-AA to Jefferson after a 9-0 start.

Caputo resigned after a 3-7 finish in 2010. East Jackson was 0-10 in 2012 under coach Brian Smith.

The hiring of Tisdale and Andrews signaled a new commitment to football. Andrews had been at Grayson for eight seasons and was part of Grayson’s 2011 state championship team that allowed fewer than 50 yards rushing per game. Andrews had guided East Jackson through spring practice.

11 comments Add your comment

Johnny412

May 30th, 2013
9:27 am

Need a different headline. The current headline makes it sound like the coaches did something wrong. That’s what I was expecting to read. Poorly chosen words for headline

Todd Holcomb

May 30th, 2013
11:15 am

Fair enough.

Johnny412

May 30th, 2013
11:41 am

Much better!

Ernest

May 30th, 2013
12:09 pm

I found this statement interesting,

“Tisdale told the newspaper that the system was unable to secure a position for his wife, which had been an expectation when he was hired.”

We hear all the talk about DeKalb Schools ‘friends and family” hirings yet this article reinforces this is a reality not an exception.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

May 31st, 2013
12:24 am

@Earnest what are you saying here?

BW

May 31st, 2013
7:09 am

As a former HC and AD I agree with these decisions. When you have to worry about the support you need to build a program, it makes life difficult. Trusting your superiors is huge especially when they tell you one thing and don’t follow through.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

May 31st, 2013
11:42 am

I recall Tucker hiring a fb coac then he didn’t take it because the county went back on salary promise and ast. coaches. That’s how the present coach got the job. Then Altoona had fb coaches working without a contract. They chose to stay and have a good fb program now. Today you need two incomes to make the family thing go so don’t blame the guy for not staying. But where will he work now if they filled his old spot?

Ernest

May 31st, 2013
2:11 pm

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb, I’m merely saying that ‘preferential hiring’ happens in school systems. This is not the first time a coach sought a ‘package deal’ when accepting a position at a new school. The ‘news’ about DeKalb was that there was a ‘family and friends’ programs with respect to hiring. I’m from south GA and called it the ‘good old boys’ network. This has been happening for years.

JK

May 31st, 2013
2:40 pm

So where are these coaches going to go this late in the game? ANY salary is better than no salary. It sounds like the coaches & AD should have done a little more research into the area before leaving Gwinnett. Now the poor players at East Jackson are left with basically no coaches.

RamProud

May 31st, 2013
4:08 pm

JK rumor has it that they are both headed to North Gwinnett

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

June 1st, 2013
12:57 pm

@Ernest no where is a school system or county for that matter suffering from that more than Dekalb. School board supers, thats at least the last 2, school board members, and even the CEO of the county all looked into criminally by the DA’s office. Where will it end the kids and teachers are the losers here. No wonder all the new cites forming. Dunwoody wants their own school system like Decatur has because of the corruption in the Dekalb school system. Dekalb’s fall is due to large part of friends hiring unqualified friends.