Football hires: Valdosta interviews big names; no coach yet

One month into its search for a head football coach, Valdosta still holds the biggest of 17 unfilled openings this off-season.

The nation’s winningest program has interviewed Dean Fabrizio of Lee County, Kareem Reid of Griffin, Kenny Sanchez of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Mike Coe of Madison County in Florida and others.

Fabrizio, Coe and Reid have told Valdosta radio stations or other media that they have pulled themselves out of contention. Sanchez also is not believed to be a candidate, according to sources. Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman applied but later pulled out, according to a source.

Rush Propst, the former Colquitt County coach, and Valdosta offensive coordinator Joshua Crawford have expressed interest in the job. Valdosta boosters reportedly have reached out to Tom Knotts, the 2019 National High School Football Coaches Association coach of the year. He led Dutch Fork to the South Carolina Class 5A championship last season.

Valdosta terminated the contract of Alan Rodemaker officially on Feb. 11 despite the coach’s 36-17 record and one state title over four seasons.

There have been 60 reported head-coaching changes among the GHSA’s 425 football-playing schools, and 43 of them have been announced as filled.

Another 20-30 openings can be expected as hires of current head coaches often trigger a domino effect.

Below are the reporting openings and the new coach if announced.

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

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: Open

Forest Park - Former coach: Gerren Griffin. New coach: Open

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: Open

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: Open

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

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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