Football coaching changes reach 91; Westlake, Tri-Cities make hires

Tri-Cities hired former Newton coach Terrance Banks to replace Innis Claud.
Tri-Cities hired former Newton coach Terrance Banks to replace Innis Claud.

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

The past week was busy for football coaching changes as Colquitt County filled its opening with Justin Rogers on Monday and Jones County replaced Rogers just two days later with Mike Chastain, who had led Warner Robins to the Class AAAAA championship game the past two seasons.

The Warner Robins job is now the biggest on the board although Class AAA champion Cedar Grove hasn’t replaced Jimmy Smith yet. Smith is now on Georgia State’s staff.

The Warner Robins and Cedar Grove openings are among five this off season at programs that reached the finals in 2018. The others are Colquitt County (Rush Propst forced out), Cartersville (Joey King to College of Charleston) and Clinch County (Jim Dickerson retired). Two others that reached the 2017 finals — Rabun County’s Lee Shaw and Calhoun’s Hal Lamb — also have retired.

Here are other recent coaching changes, including a pair in south Fulton County, where four of the five public schools have made coaching changes.

• Tri-Cities hired former Newton coach Terrance Banks to replace Innis Claud. Banks' record was 38-27-1 in six seasons at Newton, which won a region title in 2015. Banks stepped down days prior to Newton's first-round playoff game last season.

• Westlake promoted Bobby May to replace Kareem Reid, who took the head coaching job at Griffin. May was Westlake’s offensive coordinator for one season. May was head coach at Suncoast in Florida and had led it to its best season in 13 years (6-3 record) before coming to Georgia. May also has coached at Pal Beach Lakes and Palm Beach Gardens.

• Dade County coach Bradley Warren has left his alma mater for McIntosh County Academy on the Georgia coast. Warren’s record is 106-111 in 21 seasons as a head coach, and he had his most success at McIntosh County in his first stint there. He led the Buccaneers to 8-3, 11-3 and 8-5 finishes in 1999-01. The program had won only eight games in the three seasons before he arrived. The 11 wins in 2000 remain a school record.

• Norris Vaughan was hired as head coach at Arnold in Panama City, Fla. Vaughan had moved back to Georgia this off-season and was looking in state, but wound up heading south. He led South Forsyth, North Springs and Heard County to 10-win seasons before heading to Arizona, where he built state powers at Wickenburg and Mountain Pointe and won a state title in 2013 and reached the semifinals or better 11 times in 13 seasons.

• Ridgeland has hired Kip Klein to replace Cortney Braswell, who joined the quality control staff at the University of Louisville. Klein has been on Ridgeland’s staff the past 25 seasons.

• Johnson of Gainesville has hired Habersham Central offensive coordinator Stan Luttrell to replace Jason Roquemore, who took the Towns County job. Luttrell was head coach at another Hall County school, Chestatee, from 2016 to 2013 and compiled a 46-38 record. He then joined staffs at Buford and later Gainesville. He son, Tre, was an all-state quarterback as a senior for Habersham last season.

Below are reported openings since the end of the 2018 season. There have been 91 among GHSA schools, a high number, yet well below the record 111 in 2017.

Alcovy - Former coach: Chris Edgar … New coach: Jason Duke

Americus-Sumter - Former coach: Larry Harold … New coach: Ross Couch

Bacon County - Former coach: Kyle Langford … New coach: Keith Gosse

Banneker - Former coach: Mario Allen … New coach: Lou George

Bradwell Institute - Former coach: Ross Couch … New coach: Kyle Adkins

Buford - Former coach: John Ford … New coach: Bryant Appling

Calhoun - Former coach: Hal Lamb … New coach: Clay Stephenson

Campbell - Former coach: Kyle Adkins … New coach: Howie DeCristofaro

Cartersville - Former coach: Joey King … New coach: Conor Foster

Cedar Grove - Former coach: Jimmy Smith … New coach: Open

Centennial - Former coach: Michael Perry … New coach: Shane Sams

Chamblee - Former coach: Curtis Mattair … New coach: Scott Schwarzer

Charlton County - Former coach: Rich McWhorter … New coach: Russ Murray

Clinch County - Former coach: Jim Dickerson … New coach: Don Tison

Colquitt - Former coach: Rush Propst … New coach: Justin Rodgers

Cook - Former coach: Bobby Jones … New coach: Jimmy Rodgers

Creekview - Former coach: Adam Carter … New coach: Trevor Williams

Cross Keys - Former coach: Mark Adams … New coach: Open

Dade County - Former coach: Bradley Warren … New coach: Open

Dodge County - Former coach: Rex Hodges … New coach: Ken Cofer

Dooly County - Former coach: Corey Jarvis … New coach: Ashley Harden

Dougherty - Former coach: Damien Gary … New coach: Johnny Gilbert

Drew - Former coach: D.Lyles … New coach: Steve Robinson

Duluth - Former coach: Bob Swank … New coach: Cam Jones

East Hall - Former coach: Scott Patrick … New coach: Michael Perry

East Jackson - Former coach: Scott Wilikins … New coach: Cameron Pettus

Elbert County - Former coach: Sid Fritts … New coach: Brad Waggoner

Fayette County - Former coach: Mike Davis … New coach: Nick Davis

Forest Park - Former coach: Martez Edwards … New coach: Gerren Griffin

George Walton Academy - Former coach: Don Williams … New coach: Shane Davis

Gilmer - Former coach: Casey Wingard … New coach: Kevin Saunders

Gordon Central - Former coach: Corey Nix … New coach: T.J. Hamilton

Grayson - Former coach: Christian Hunnicutt … New coach: Adam Carter

Greenville - Former coach: Vex Farley … New coach: Tyler Wynn

Griffin - Former coach: Antoino Andrews … New coach: Kareem Reid

Groves - Former coach: Michael Martin … New coach: Open

Hawkinsville - Former coach: Will Connor … New coach: Shane Williamson

Jackson County - Former coach: Brandon Worley … New coach: Rich McWhorter

Jenkins County - Former coach: Charley Waters … New coach: David Johnson

Johnson (Ganesville) - Former coach: Jason Roquemore … New coach: Stan Lutrell

Jones County - Former coach: Justin Rodgers … New coach: Mike Chastain

Josey - Former coach: Marcus Jackson … New coach: John Starr II

Lakeside (Atlanta) - Former coach: Zack Edwards … New coach: Open

Lamar County - Former coach: John Flath … New coach: Jeffrey Sloan

Landmark Christian - Former coach: Joe Scott … New coach: Mike Sherrard

Laney - Former coach: Rodney McFadden … New coach: Rashad Dunn

Langston Hughes - Former coach: Wille Cannon … New coach: Daniel Williams

Lassiter - Former coach: Jep Irwin … New coach: Sean Thom

Lithia Springs - Former coach: Kevin Hill … New coach: Corey Jarvis

Lithonia - Former coach: Dave Edwards … New coach: Marcus Jelks Interim

Lumpkin County - Former coach: Shane Williamson … New coach: Open

McIntosh County Academy - Former coach: Tony Glazer … New coach: Bradley Warren

Henry County - Former coach: Mo Starr … New coach: Eric Solomon

McEachern - Former coach: Kyle Hoffman … New coach: Frank Stephens

Mill Creek - Former coach: Shannon Jarvis … New coach: Josh Lovelady

Model - Former coach: Gordon Powers … New coach: Jeff Hunnicutt

New Hampstead - Former coach: Thomas Tedder … New coach: Kyle Hockman

New Manchester - Former coach: Myron Terry … New coach: Kevin Whitley

Newton - Former coach: Terrence Banks … New coach: Camiel Grant

Pacelli - Former coach: Mark LeGree … New coach: Dwight Jones

Pebblebrook - Former coach: Kevin Saunders … New coach: Leroy Hood

Pickens - Former coach: Chris Parker … New coach: Jeff Nelson

Pierce County - Former coach: Jason Strickland … New coach: Ryan Herring

Rabun - Former coach: Lee Shaw … New coach: Jaybo Shaw

Randolph-Clay - Former coach: Harvey Smith … New coach: Open

Redan - Former coach: K.D. Dunn … New coach: Open

Ridgeland - Former coach: Cortney Braswell … New coach: Kip Klein

River Ridge - Former coach: Tyler Wynn … New coach: Mike Collins

Rutland - Former coach: Mark Daniel … New coach: Rusty Easom

Savannah Country Day - Former coach: Dennis Coyle … New coach: Jim Collis

Seminole County - Former coach: Wes Williams … New coach: Open

Shiloh - Former coach: Ryan Andrews … New coach: Tino Lerulli

South Effingham - Former coach: Donnie Revell … New coach: Nathan Clark

Spalding - Former coach: Nick Davis … New coach: Jeff Hammonds

Spencer - Former coach: Justin Newman … New coach: Robert Sanders

Stewart County - Former coach: Ashley Harden … New coach: Open

Stockbridge - Former coach: Kevin Whitley … New coach: Steve Boyd

Stone Mountain - Former coach: James Collier … New coach: James Lal

Terrell County - Former coach: William Huff … New coach: Jack Harris

Towns County - Former coach: John Cornett … New coach: Jason Roquemore

Tri-Cities - Former coach: Innis Claud … New coach: Terrance Banks

Turner County - Former coach: Leroy Hood … New coach: Nick Hayes

Villa Rica - Former coach: Rico Zachery … New coach: Christian Hunnicutt

Ware County - Former coach: Frank Stephens … New coach: Jason Strickland

Warner Robins - Former coach: Mike Chastain … New coach: Open

Washington-Willes - Former coach: Chad Alligood … New coach: T.C. Jay

Westlake - Former coach: Kareem Reid … New coach: Bobby May

Westside (Augusta) - Former coach: Scott Tate … New coach: John Wiley

Wheeler - Former coach: Mike Collins … New coach: Bryan Love

Windsor Forest - Former coach: Gregg Busby … New coach: Ike Ferrell

Woodland (Stockbridge) - Former coach: Bryan Love … New coach: Antonio Andrews

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