Arabia Mountain hires Pritchett as head football coach

Arabia Mountain, a 4-year-old school in DeKalb County, has hired Stanley Pritchett as its head coach.

A former NFL player who played with the Falcons, Pritchett was at Westlake last season but left after an 0-10 finish. Pritchett’s five-season record is 21-29. He led Washington of Atlanta to three straight winning seasons from 2008 to 2010.

Arabia Mountain was 4-6 last season in strong Region 6-AAAAA. The Rams was competitive in losses to top programs such as Tucker (39-20), Stephenson (28-18), Miller Grove (21-10) and Southwest DeKalb (26-15).

Junior quarterback Trevous Reynolds threw for2,009 yards last season, the most of any non-senior in DeKalb County.

Arabia Mountain’s only head coach had been Christopher Beal.

The school’s booster club announced through Facebook that Pritchett would be meeting with players and boosters on Monday.

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Ernest

July 1st, 2013
9:45 am

Thanks for sharing this information, Todd! I wonder if he uses ‘Jr.’ given his father by the same name was a former administrator? For those interested in trivia, he is now the president of Morris Brown. I understand he score the first touchdown in metro Atlanta after integration back in the 60’s.

Arabia Mountain is a ‘choice’ school (apply to attend) and that means it will be tough to field a competitive football program unless their is consistency with the coaching staff. Here’s hoping Pritchett will put some roots into this school. There has been a LOT of turnover with coaches in other sports at this school.

Ernest

July 1st, 2013
9:47 am

I should also point out that today (7/1) is the first day of the 2013-2014 school year. I would expect we may hear similar announcements from around the state.

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

July 1st, 2013
10:49 am

Good hire! But like every new school you have an uphill fight with the already established schools. Good Luck you will need it playing in that region.

Westlake Parent

July 1st, 2013
11:04 am

Good Luck with this one Arabia Mountain parents! It’s a reason that this guy was ranned out of Southwest Atlanta after one season. Granted Westlake football is not what it used to be but it surely is not worthy of 0-10 in a water down region this past season. Just because you played PRO FOOTBALL doesn’t mean that you can coach it. The name must have pull some strings downtown because I can’t see Arabia’s parents being on board with this move!!!! SMH!!!!

Ernest

July 1st, 2013
11:36 am

Westlake Parent, given the talent pool in that area, an 0-10 record is surprising. It would be interesting to hear from those at Westlake about his ‘X & O’s. I am a big believer in running schemes that fits your personnel. Trying to run something that the kids are not capable of running will hurt you in the long run.

Camden74

July 1st, 2013
2:02 pm

Not gonna say it!…… :-) LOL

Eye_opener

July 1st, 2013
2:10 pm

This is a terrible hire. This guy has jumped into HC positions because of his pro football career and his Daddy’s name in Atlanta. He has yet to be a coodinator so his X’s and O’s are usually to complicated for kids to understand so it results in many kids being out of placed and not understanding. Also he doesnt surround himself with quality coaches. The methods that he used at Westlake were very subpar.. What he can bring is resources but his coaching style is horrible. He will be trying to steal kids from other schools instead of coaching up the ones he has. He proved that at Washington High where he had a very good talent pool, Westlake were he had a astronomical talent pool, and now he comes to Dekalb county where I gurantee he wont win more than 2 games this year.

Dekalb Parent

July 1st, 2013
2:56 pm

Does anyone know what happened to Coach Beal???

Sportsnut

July 1st, 2013
3:05 pm

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Sportsnut

July 1st, 2013
3:09 pm

This may be the right time and right place for Pritchett. He has much to learn and so does this program. They will grow their talent pool as time passes. His resume will bring out more kids to play and that in itself will be a good first step. I wish him and the team well.

Footballer

July 1st, 2013
9:16 pm

Pritchett is a good guy, I wish him the best. Arabia Mountain parents and student body you are blessed to have him.

Reader

July 2nd, 2013
3:24 pm

I feel this is a great hire for Arabia. Not sure what went on at Westlake last season. That school has way more problems to worry about than their football team going 0-10. This is coming from somebody that has lots of knowledge of Westlake. 19-12 record at Washington High after working X’s and O’s at Douglass and Redan. That’s a decent record for a coach this is just starting out. Went to North Atlanta went 2-7. WHO WINS AT NORTH ATLANTA?!? Coach Montgomery jumped shipped for the program at Shiloh. Coach Britten mustard up 1 win. That’s a no-talent area. Whatever went on Westlake, he did the right thing, put it behind him and move on.

Coach in the know

July 2nd, 2013
9:11 pm

Coach Pritchett will do a Good job at AMHS, just give him a chance. Westlake HS has NEVER won a Region Championship with any coach so its not always the coach. Parents have some UNREALISTIC expectations at times, but the reality is that everybody has GREAT athletes now in the entire STATE of GA so just because you had the most NFL players at one time means nothing. What are your TEST SCORES,GPA, your current CCRPI Index Score?

STANKY LEG

July 2nd, 2013
11:10 pm

Coach pritchet will be great Coach at Arabian Mountain for several reasons. I agree with his resume he will be able to establish himself with kids around Dekalb County and to be able to recruit kids legally. Look at it this way! He has played 11 years in NFL. What coach in dekalb county has done that much less play DIV1 Ball. He also played at a SEC school as well. He has gotten kids in school and is respected by the kids. For the WEST LAKE HATERS, JUST FACE IT WESTLAKE SUCKS AND WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO SUCK EVEN UNDER COACH LOVE. SINCE YOU KNOW THE PROGRAM SO WELL AT WESTLAKE WHEN WAS LAST TIME YOU GUYS EVEN HAD 3 div 1 PLAYERS GO SCHOOL IN SAME YEAR? hECK CECIL nEWTON DOESN’T WANT HIS SON TO PLAY AT WEST LAKE EXCUSE HE GIVES IS HE DOESNT WANT HIS SON TO FOLLOW IN CAM SHOES. REALLY HE KNOWS PARENTS ARE WAY TO DEEP IN THE PROGRAM. PRITCHETT HAD YOUNG PLAYERS THAT PLAYED AND WAS COMPETITIVE IN EVERY BALL GAME ALL LOST CAME IN SECOND HALF BY FEW POINTS. HE DIDN’T HAVE GOOD COACHES AT ALL EITHER MAJORITY OF COACHES SUCKED. WHILE YOU WESTLAKE FOLKS DONT KNOW NOTHING BOUT FOOTBALL THATS WHY THEY MAY WIN 1 OR 2 GAMES I GUESS YOU GONNA RUN COACH LOVE OFF TO. ARABIA WAS THE BEST THING HAPPEN TO HIM FRESH START AT A VERY GOOD SCHOOL. ALL I CAN SAY YOU GUYS THAT ARE BLOG BASHING HIM WILL EAT YOUR WORDS. I AM WILLING TO BET YOU HE WINS MORE GAMES THAN YOU WILL EXPECT AND ARABIA WILL GO TO THEIR FIRST PLAYOFFS AND CONTEND FOR REGION CHAMPIONSHIP. WEST LAKE PARENT YOU MAY BE SAME GUY THAT WAS RIDING HIS NUTS BEING FAKE WHEN HE WAS AROUND YOU. DO YOU EVEN HAVE A SON? HE PROBALLY SUCKS TO.YOU HAVE GOOD LUCK WITH COACH ARROGANT BRYAN WANNA BE SOMEBODY LOVE. HECK HE IS STUPID HOW YOU TURN TUCKER JOB DOWN AND THEN WESTLAKE AND THEN END BACK THERE AS HEAD COACH. FREAKIN IDIOT WEST LAKE IS DONE LANGSTON HUGHES IS THE DAWG OVER THAT WAY NOW. STOP HATIN PRITCHET EVERYBODY KNOWS WESTLAKE OLD NEWS.

TYRE

July 3rd, 2013
8:00 am

The parents at Arabia had no input into the selection of coach Pritchett. The decision was probably made at the county level.

5AReg6Fan

July 3rd, 2013
9:39 am

Good Luck and Welcome Coach Pritchett to 5A region 6. Hopefully, he will be able to establish a long relationship with Arabia Mtn HS … this will be needed for a young football program to grow. Last, he inherits a VERY good and dangerous QB.

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

Westlake Parent

July 3rd, 2013
12:17 pm

Stanky Leg and all of the other supporters lose your emotional attachment and look at the facts! 0-10 and FIRED after one year!! Guys this has nothing to do with CCRPI/ GHSGT/ Test Scores/ etc. Last I look Dr. Rivera was doing a good job of changing the culture of the school. How can you get another HC job so quickly after failing so miserably! First I never talked about Coach Pritchett as a person I’m sure he is a good guy but that doesn’t make him a good coach! His “Productive Days” at Washington High School involved “Recruiting” players from Mays until that well went dry and the administrators stopped cooperating! He needs to learn the X’s, O’s and how to adjust during games that’s COACHING last time I looked. If a team is in games through one half but looks horrible the second half I think that normally goes to Coach. 2-18 in his last two coaching jobs!!! That’s speaks volumes about Coach Pritchett not Mr. Pritchett!!!!!!

Atlanta Public Schools

July 3rd, 2013
12:57 pm

No, those good years at Washington High School was what was left from the Cofield era. They were loaded!!!

Atlanta Public Schools

July 3rd, 2013
1:03 pm

One Parade All American and two Under Armor All Americans. Four schools in four years…..Im just saying!!!

Truth Hurts

July 3rd, 2013
1:45 pm

To “Stanky Leg” and All the Other Fans of this Hire by Arabia Mountain HS:

In simplest terms, Coach Pritchett can’t coach. Period. The lack of logic and non-facts being spouted on this blog by some of you is mind-boggling! I REALLY hope none of you has children, so that the ignorance and stupidity can stop with you! I don’t usually get into insults, but when you can’t write a complete sentence without making multiple mistakes, something is very wrong. It’s embarrassing. If you can’t express yourself, take some adult writing classes before getting on a blog and shaming yourself.

Westlake has indeed been an underachieving program over the years, and a boatload of talented kids have gone elsewhere in order to reach their highest potential. There were still enough talented kids on the roster last season that the team shouldn’t have gone 0-10. That was the result of poor organization, poor coaching, poor leadership.

Stanley Pritchett has a losing record as a head coach. He has made the playoffs just once in five seasons. He has ZERO track record for putting is players in college. The only two I can think of are Justin Taylor (RB, Kentucky, now transferring to South Carolina State) and Jamal Londry-Jackson (QB App State). Most of the kids today have no recollection of Pritchett playing in the NFL. They were eight-years old the last time he played in the league, and they were NOT EVEN BORN YET when he played at South Carolina. The kids today DON’T KNOW and DON’T CARE that he played in the NFL, and just because you played at the professional level does not mean you can coach.

Yes, he was 19-12 at Washington HS during his three seasons there. But try to use some intelligence and knowledge of football here, something you seem to lack in abundance. Here are the teams that were in his region at the time, which was a subdivided Region 5AAA: Carver, Grady, North Atlanta, Riverwood, St. Pius and Therrell.

Now, contrast that to the region his predecessor, Rodney Cofield, faced at Washington, the brutal Region 6AAAA: Columbia, Lakeside, Marist, Mays, Miller Grove, North Springs, St. Pius, Southwest DeKalb, Stone Mountain and Tucker.

If you know anything about high school football in Georgia, you know there is no comparison as to who had to face tougher competition. And if the assistant coaches at Westlake last season did “SUCK,” guess who brought all of them there … Stanley Pritchett.

The bottom line is this: Westlake is much better off with Love as its head coach. In fact, Westlake just might win its region because it is probably the weakest of all the AAAAAA regions in the state. Guaranteed they will win more games than AMHS this season.

rwdekalb

July 3rd, 2013
3:55 pm

Arabia Mountain was an exciting team last year. Remember though, because this region has so many good teams, 3 or even 2 losses can have you not making playoffs. Last year it was not until the last game of the season that the 4 playoff spots were finalized

rwdekalb

July 3rd, 2013
3:58 pm

Arabia Mountain must beat Mays, SWD and Miller Grove to have a sho at playoffs. Unlikely they will beat the big 3.

Westlake Parent

July 3rd, 2013
4:13 pm

Well said Truth Hurts!!! Anyone that thinks this is a good hire is a joke! Arabia Mountain parents of juniors and seniors jump on this guy early and lay down the law! He has a history of playing younger players so they can “Grow in his system” whatever that is!!!

5AReg6Fan

July 4th, 2013
7:40 am

@rwdekalb – Well put my region brethren, on Arabia and Coach Pritchett’s goals for success. Certainly, he is aware of the challenge ahead of him. Every Friday Night is a playoff game for ALL in region 6. When a region has 3 teams in the top 10 … (Stephenson, Tucker, MLK – 2013 preseason prediction order), winning the other games WILL be a must … the BIG 3 will not have more than 2 loses and that will be against each other.

@Truth Hurts – We Tucker fans remember the well-coached Washington HS teams of Coach Cofield.

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

South Fulton

July 4th, 2013
9:20 am

Truth be told, his best record as a Head Coach is when he coached the team the least. He went 7-3 in first year @ Washington when he took over the team during the summer 3 weeks before the 1st game. Its been down hill ever since.

Dekalb Co Guy

July 4th, 2013
1:23 pm

Well guess its obvious you Westlake people didnt like him, lol. Not sure what happened there, but 0-10 is bad. I will root for him, as I do for all the former APS guys. Do remember playing against him back in high school, he was a TE back then at Douglass.

I suspect the strength of region 6 will be too much for him this season. Maybe their talent can get them to 4-6. Hopefully he can get them going in the right direction and maybe they will catch a break and be reclassified as a 4A school the following season.

Sportsnut

July 4th, 2013
9:08 pm

All this venom. I hope he wins six or 7 and shut a lot of mouths. Consider for a moment that they have some talent. If the kid runs and the kid blocks, they can score. If the kid tackles and stops scoring, they can win. Coach or no coach. I have often said it is possible for teams to win despite the poor job the coach may do. Talent can cure many ills.

Nasty Que Dog

July 5th, 2013
6:11 pm

These post are hilarious!!!!!! I follow Georgia football very closely and for you Westlake supporters, i have news for you, that so called “talent” you guys have over there is null and void!!!!! How can you guys BASH Pritchett when the parents want to run the program? Its hard to build a program when you only give a guy a season, ask Minnis, he says it all the time, there is FAKE talent at Westake, Daddy Ball players, what will be the excuse when you go 0 and 10 again, will you fire Love? The BEST thing for you guys at Westlake is to let one of the daddy’s you like coach the team, since you guys so stuck on REC LEAGUE football!!!!!!!!!

JAB

July 5th, 2013
7:49 pm

Leave Coach Pritchett alone, to be the best you have to play with the best; smart guy to accept a coaching position in region 6AAAAA (The best region in AAAAA), Westlake has problems and it’s not just coaching problems. It really doesn’t matter who Arabian Mt hires because this is the year for the Stephenson Jagggguuuars…

Truth Hurts

July 6th, 2013
12:05 am

Sports nut: To suggest that 15-17 year old kids can overcome poor coaching and win consistently is perhaps one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read on this or any other blog. Win a game or two here or there, maybe. But not consistently at the highest level. The coaching in Georgia is too good for that.

Nasty: The talent at Westlake now is plenty good enough to win that region, one of the weakest in AAAAAA. And bringing up Minnis to prove your point shows just how LITTLE you know about Westlake. Here is a short list of kids who left Westake because of his incompetence:
WR CJ Boyd to MLK, now at Alabama State
C DeAndre Wise to Alpharetta, going to Alabama State
DL Quinteze Williams to Sandy Creek, now at Florida
DB Shaquille Wiggins to Sandy Creek, now at UGA
DL Naim Mustafa to Alpharetta, now at Oklahoma State
DL Chris Williams to Sandy Creek, All Region last season, best 3-tech DT in Georgia
DB/ATH Christian Coleman to Our Lady of Mercy, All County last season, legit 4.3 kid

JAB: Another dumb comment. So, according to your logic, a coach with a losing record in a lesser region is going to somehow become better by coaching in a tougher one. Makes no sense. And while no one respects what Coach Gartrell and his staff do to get so many of their kids in school more than I do, let’s pump the brakes a bit on the Jag talk. Get to a state final first, then talk big.

Ballfan

July 6th, 2013
11:31 am

Does NFL experience always equivocate to great coaching experience, in particular at the high school level?Just curious as to anyone else’s experience with NFL alumni coaches.

Truth Hurts

July 6th, 2013
12:03 pm

Ballfan: I believe if you check the list of Georgia high school coaches with at least 200 wins (about 50) names, none of them played in the NFL. Chris Slade (former Pro Bowl DL) is taking over at Pace Academy this season. We’ll see how he does.

proud panthers

July 7th, 2013
11:26 am

No matter who they bring in as coach at AMHS they can’t beat or compete with SWD, MLK, Tucker, Miller grove or Stephenson.

Where is Coach Beal at now ?

Airraider

July 7th, 2013
2:57 pm

Truth Hurts before you go bashing what NQD stated about Minnis you should get your facts straight too. First off NQD is correct in his assessment of the talent at Westklake and the community over there. The Talent is Daddy Ball talent that believe they are more than they are. Mentally they cannot compete at the highest level the parents there always know more than the coaches. As far as Minnis get your facts correct the players that left did not leave simply because of Minnis. Here is the TRUE FACTS:
WR CJ Boyd to MLK, now at Alabama State: Did not want participate in summer workouts (P-Whooped & Lovestruck) but wanted to come in and still start and was upset that he was not featured in the Fall Scrimmage game.
C DeAndre Wise to Alpharetta, going to Alabama State: Daddy upset he wasn’t allowed to be on staff (can’t pass a background check do to serving time). Went to Alpharetta and had a problem with that coaching staff also.
DL Quinteze Williams to Sandy Creek, now at Florida: Left Westlake after being suspended for a fight with another player after being suspended for another game after leaving the sideline during an on-field altercation of a game in which he wasn’t even playing in because of injury. Funny how he was injured while at Westlake but went to Sandy Creek and suddenly heeled.
DB Shaquille Wiggins to Sandy Creek, now at UGA: Left Westlake not because of Minnis but Mentor influence. Shaq on several occassions stated he wanted to return but it wasn’t his decision.
DL Naim Mustafa to Alpharetta, now at Oklahoma State: Daddy upset believed older brother Amir should’ve played inside LB and gotten better scholarship than West Georgia.
DL Chris Williams to Sandy Creek, All Region last season, best 3-tech DT in Georgia: Mother’s decision to save a son who was getting into trouble in the cancerous environment that Westlake was becoming. One more incident would have gotten him kicked out. So you know that kid loves Westlake and still would rather be there today with his friends.
DB/ATH Christian Coleman to Our Lady of Mercy, All County last season, legit 4.3 kid: Mom and Dad upset that he couldn’t break the varsity rotation as a 5′4 Sophmore and he is still not a legit 4.3 and definately wasn’t one then. Let’s be real here you are comparing him starting at Our Lady of Mercy a 1A private school to playing at a 6A school. REALLY!!! If he was that good name another 6A program he would start at this year. Get your facts straight before you point the finger. Minnis biggest fault is that he didn’t tell the parents/fanbase to shut the hell up and let him coach the team. Westlake has never passed the second round yet they seem to have multiple championship coaches in the stands every game.

rwdekalb

July 7th, 2013
4:46 pm

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rwdekalb

July 7th, 2013
4:50 pm

@Airraider. I don’t the situation that prevailed at Westlake but if what you stated is true its no wonder that program had such a bad season last year.

rwdekalb

July 7th, 2013
5:00 pm

Does anyone know if the Mays high quarterback from last season is returning this season. Mays lost I believe 5 games last season. But I believe none of the losses were by more than 7 points. They had a chance to win everyone of those losses. Region 6 aaaaa is a tough region for a good team to be in. Need your A game every week because there are at least 6 really good teams fighting for 4 playoff berths.

One Who Knows

July 8th, 2013
3:09 am

Sorry, to tell Arabia Mountain parents this BUT….Stanley cannot coach football. He’d have a hard time with a park team. Many more out there better, but if you just want your boys to sport a football uniform, well then, you got that.

bh

July 8th, 2013
10:29 am

Coach Pritchett’s biggest problem at Westlake was his loyalty to friends. His coaching staff was made up of people he played with in high school. Westlake should be called Sandtown High because the same people who ran the park graduated to run the school. The booster club president who came from the park was charging the park to use the facility. The school didn’t see that money. You had school administrators hatin on him because of his off the field out of the school relationships. Parents didn’t want him from day one and it showed from the first game to the last. There is talent at Westlake but not like in years past. The talent they did have was young and inexperienced. I agree that 0-10 is unacceptable but it would have been hard for anybody to coach under those conditions. I have seen bad teams before, but to fire him after one season that’s crazy. Dr. Rivera should have given him at least two more seasons to turn it around. Good luck to Westlake and AMHS.

Airraider

July 8th, 2013
11:08 am

@rwdekalb
I believe Mays has a new QB this year. I seen them in the Cam Newton 7 on 7 and neither of those players looked like the kid from last season. Mays better run the ball more effectively if they stand a chance to win. Last season they were in every game this year things are gonna get a little tougher.
@Bh you are correct!! Stanley’s biggest fault was hiring his friends instead of the best guys out there. Hiring friends is not a problem if they are qualified and every head coach is only as good as those he surrounds himself with. His OC came from Therrell with a whopping avg of 6.0ppg over 4 years. He made a good move in taking over the offense himself and they looked much better.He doesn’t get a pass for the 0-10 season but admittedly so the talent there isn’t what everyone thinks it is. Question?? What will be said about Love if Westlake doesn’t make the playoffs or only wins 3 or 4 games? Only time will tell if this is a good move for AMHS being in that region never makes things easier. Good Luck.

James R

July 8th, 2013
12:34 pm

@bh The booster president didn’t charge Sandtown to use the stadium. That was the Athletic Director, he’s no longer at Westlake. @Airraider call me. Why is it always parents who are at fault when someone can’t win? Parents don’t call the plays are set the lineup.
Ask how many kids got college scholarships in football at Westlake this year? Before 2012 season Westlake had 35+ kids in school #2 or #3 in state behind Stephenson and/or Camden. Getting at least 10 each year. Minnis and Dallas did a great job getting kids in school prior to last year. Kids don’t want to leave Westlake; parents take them away from Westlake.