Propst, the highest-paid coach in Georgia, was fired by the Colquitt County Board of Education last week after an investigation alleged improper conduct that included giving out over-the-counter medication to players despite warnings against it and losing control of the team. Propst had led Colquitt County to the semifinals or better in the highest classification nine of the past 10 seasons and won state titles with undefeated teams in 2014 and 2015.
Stephens, the third-highest paid, is expected to be named McEachern’s head coach later this week. It’s unclear if Stephens will get a raise. McEachern’s former coach, Kyle Hockman, didn’t appear on First Coast’s list. Hockman took a job as head coach at New Manchester outside of Savannah.
Ford was Buford’s head coach for two seasons but stepped down amid pressure despite a 21-5 record over two seasons. He has not be hired elsewhere. Buford has promoted defensive coordinator Bryant Appling.
King left Cartersville to take a college job on the staff of Coastal Carolina. King was 67-4 in five seasons and won state titles in 2015 and 2016. Cartersville has promoted defensive coordinator Conor Foster.
Shaw retired at Rabun County, which promoted his son, offensive coordinator Jaybo Shaw.
First Coast News also reported that six of the 44 coaches were among the two highest-paid employees in their school systems, and that 12 previously coached in Florida, which pays less because of restrictions on supplemental coaching benefits. Those would include Dean Fabrizio of Class AAAAAA champion Lee County, Robby Pruitt of Coffee and Randy McPherson of Lowndes.
Several others, such as Propst (from Alabama), John Reid of Rome (from Tennessee), Bob Sphire of Camden County (from Kentucky), Richard Morgan of Marietta (from Virginia) and Ken Cribb of Wayne County (from South Carolina) were successful coaches hired from other states.