Football coaching changes: Etowah hires Roswell’s Kemper

Etowah announced Friday the hiring of football coach Matt Kemper, who held the same position at Roswell the past three seasons.

Kemper will replace Dave Svehla, who left after eight seasons to become head coach at West Forsyth.

Kemper’s Roswell teams were 20-13. They won region titles in Region 4-AAAAAAA titles in 2018 and 2019. Etowah was 49-41 under Svehla but had slumped in recent seasons with four straight losing seasons, although each ended in a playoff berth.

The Roswell job now becomes the most prominent among metro Atlanta job openings. Roswell has won region titles four of the past five seasons and was a state runner-up in 2015 and 2016 under John Ford.

Roswell of Fulton County, Etowah of Cherokee County and West Forsyth of Forsyth County are all Class AAAAAAA schools across metro Atlanta’s northern crescent.

Here are a few more recent coaching changes:

*Forest Park has hired Meadowcreek offensive coordinator Rex Robertson, an alumnus, to replace Gerren Griffin. Robertson was the offensive coordinator for Griffin’s 2016 team that averaged 43.4 points with quarterback Tylan Morton, who set a state record with 4,741 yards passing in a season. Forest Park has not had a winning season since 2000.

*North Paulding has hired Don Stark, head coach at Seminole High in Sanford, Fla. to replace Jim Bob Bryent, who is now head coach at North Augusta in South Carolina. Start’s record in four seasons at Seminole was 40-6. His overall coaching record is 68-40. North Paulding had the playoffs with records of 7-4 and 6-5 under Bryant.

*Calhoun running back coach Brad Smith is Loganville’s new coach. A Loganville alumnus, Smith replaces Mike Humphreys. Loganville was 3-8 last season.

*Stan Luttrell has left Johnson of Gainesville to take the Hebron Christian job, formerly filled by former NFL player Jeff Saturday. Hebron had a breakout finish in 2019, going 8-5. Luttrell was 4-6 in one season at Johnson. He also has been a head coach at Chestatee and Union County.

There have been 64 reported job changes among GHSA schools this off-season. Fifteen remain open.

Alpharetta - Former coach: Jacob Nichols. New coach: Jason Kervin

Baconton Charter - Former coach: Parker Rentz. New coach: Open

Beach - Former coach: Ulysses Hawthorne. New coach: Open

Bryan County – Former coach: Scott Abram. New coach: Open

Cass - Former coach: Bobby Hughes. New coach: Open

Cedartown - Former coach: Doyle Kelley. New coach: Jamie Abrams

Centennial - Former coach: Shane Sams. New coach: Open

Central Gwinnett - Former coach: Todd Wofford. New coach: Jason Thompson

Chattahoochee County - Former coach: Jody Allen. New coach: Pierre Coffey

Chattooga - Former coach: Charles Hammon. New coach: Shawn Peek

Coahulla Creek - Former coach: Caleb Bagley. New coach: Danny Wilson

Coosa - Former coach: Todd Wheeler. New coach: Joey Mathis

Dade County - Former coach: Dale Pruitt. New coach: Jeff Poston

Decatur - Former coach: Cody Cory. New coach: William Felton

Deerfield-Windsor - Former coach: Allen Lowe. New coach: Jake McCrae

Denmark - Former coach: Terry Crowder. New coach: Mike Palmieri

Dooly County - Former coach: Ashley Harden. New coach: Phillip Hale

Druid Hills - Former coach: Rosaria Rice. New coach: Open

Etowah - Former coach: Dave Svehla. New coach: Matt Kemper

Forest Park - Former coach: Gerren Griffin. New coach: Rex Robertson

Hebron Christian - Former coach: Jeff Saturday. New coach: Stan Luttrell

Hillgrove - Former coach: Phillip Ironside. New coach: Byron Slack

Irwin County - Former coach: Buddy Nobles. New coach: Casey Soliday

Islands - Former coach: Robert Zoller. New coach: Deshawn Printup

Jenkins - Former coach: Jason Cameron. New coach: Open

Johnson (Gainesville) - Former coach: Stan Luttrell. New coach: Open

King's Ridge Christian - Former coach: Jeff Pickren. New coach: Terry Crowder

KIPP Atlanta - Former coach: James Briscoe. New coach: Coy Brown

LaGrange - Former coach: Chuck Gibbs. New coach: Matt Napier

Lakeview Academy - Former coach: Mattew Gruhn. New coach: Lee Shaw

Lambert - Former coach: Louis Daniel. New coach: Tommy Watson

Lincoln County - Former coach: Michael Pollock. New coach: Lee Chomskis

Loganville - Former coach: Mike Humphreys. New coach: Brad Smith

Loganville Christian - Former coach: Patrick Stewart. New coach: Adam Miller

Lowndes - Former coach: Randy McPherson. New coach: Jamie Dubose

Luella - Former coach: Jason Jackson. New coach: Craig Coleman

Manchester - Former coach: Evan Hochstetler. New coach: James Moore

Mount Zion (Jonesboro) - Former coach: Kevin Jones. New coach: Open

North Paulding - Former coach: Jim Bryant. New coach: Don Stark

Northside (Columbus) - Former coach: Dave Nurnberg. New coach: Andrew Oropeza

Northside (Warner Robins) - Former coach: Kevin Kinsler. New coach: Chad Alligood

Pataula Charter - Former coach: Richard Andrews. New coach: Open

Providence Christian - Former coach: Parker Conley. New coach: Jonathan Beverly

Redan - Former coach: Rahman Sparks. New coach: Open

Roswell – Former coach: Matt Kemper. New coach: Open

Savannah - Former coach: Rebel Green. New coach: Michael Moore

Social Circle - Former coach: Chad Estes. New coach: Rob Patton

South Paulding - Former coach: Jason Thompson. New coach: Jason Nash

Southeast Whitfield - Former coach: Sean Gray. New coach: Todd Murray

Spalding - Former coach: Jeff Hammond. New coach: Karl Kearney

Tattnall County - Former coach: Nick Tatum. New coach: Ike Ferrell

Tri-Cites - Former coach: Terrence Banks. New coach: Cueavs Dargan

Trion - Former coach: Justin Brown. New coach: Open

Turner County - Former coach: Nick Hayes. New coach: Kevious Johnson

Union Grove - Former coach: Chad Frazier. New coach: Casey Smith

Valdosta - Former coach: Alan Rodemaker . New coach: Open

Vidalia - Former coach: Lee Chomskis. New coach: Jason Cameron

Walker - Former coach: Matt Casper. New coach: Michael Gunn

West Forsyth - Former coach: Shawn Cahill. New coach: Dave Svehla

Wheeler County - Former coach: Timothy McArthur. New coach: Thomas Smith

Whitewater - Former coach: Bryan Holley. New coach: Chad Frazier

Wilkinson County - Former coach: Keldrick Burke. New coach: Open

Windsor Forest - Former coach: Issac Ferrell. New coach: Jeb Stewart

Worth County - Former coach: Frankie Carroll. New coach: Phillip Ironside

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