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List: Longest-tenured coaches in Class A

Just two years ago, Class A led all classifications in average tenure of its head coaches - 5.8 seasons. Suddenly, it's down to 4.1. The average dropped sharply again this offseason with the retirements of Don Williams (25 seasons at George Walton Academy) and Jim Dickerson (15 at Clinch County) and the move of Rich McWhorter (29 at Charlton County) to Jackson County. The new longest-tenured Class A coach is Greg Moore, who has been head coach at his alma mater, First Presbyterian in Macon, since 2000.

20 - Greg Moore, First Presbyterian 

18 - Tommy Atha, Darlington 

18 - Chris Kelley, Glascock County 

14 - Franklin Pridgen, Wesleyan 

13 - Jonathan Gess, ELCA 

13 - Don Norton, Johnson County 

12 - Matthew Gruhn, Lakeview Academy 

12 - Mitch Jordan, Mount Paran 

9 - Chris Kearson, ECI 

8 - Mark Farriba, Stratford Academy 

8 - Matt Burleson, Telfair County 

8 - Justin Brown, Trion 

7 - James Leonard, Aquinas 

7 - Michael Brown, Commerce 

7 - Al Morrell, Fellowship Christian 

7 - Mike Forester, Mount Pisgah 

7 - Cherard Freeman, Warren County 

6 - Chris Williams, Athens Christian 

6 - Buddy Nobles, Irwin County 

6 - Keith Hatcher, Mount de Sales 

6 - Tommy Webb, Strong Rock 

6 - Matt Casper, Walker 

5 - Josh Alexander, Athens Academy 

5 - Greg Ellis, Gordon Lee 

5 - Dexter Copeland, Macon Co. 

5 - Evan Hochstetler, Manchester 

5 - Wayne Dabbs, Mount Vernon 

5 - Dondrial Pinkins, Pelham 

5 - Mark Wilson, Taylor County 

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