New Hampstead is a member of five-school Region 2-AAAAA. The school is in Bloomingdale in northwestern Chatham County about 12 miles from downtown Savannah.
Chatham County public schools aren’t known for their football. Johnson in 2012 became the first Chatham public school to win a state-playoff game since 1969. None has won a state title in the GHSA.
Hockman declined to comment specifically about New Hampstead until his job there is official. He would sign a contract later this week.
“I don’t have visions of grandeur,” he said. “It’s not like McEachern. Nothing is. But there’s a lot of talent down there, and we’re going to coach our butts off.”
Hockman, a native of Ohio, came to McEachern from another Cobb County school, Campbell, where he was 9-3 and 6-4 in two seasons, which remain the only back-to-back winning campaigns for that school since 1991-92. He was a head coach at Ryle High in Kentucky for four seasons. Hockman also has coached at the college level at East Carolina State, West Virginia, East Tennessee State and Millersville.
“Obviously I’ve been humbled and honored to have been at McEachern, one of the premier places in the entire country,” Hockman said. “But it’s not about me. It’s the kids and the community, and they’ll be in great hands. They’ll have a great team. The next three classes are probably as good a three as has been strung together in McEachern history, so they’re going to have some great success.”