North Paulding coach steps down; Hillgrove, Lambert close to hires

North Paulding is looking for a head football coach while Hillgrove, Lambert, West Forsyth and Denmark are closing in on theirs. The staff of Lowndes could be losing to high-ranking staff members as a result.

At North Paulding, Jim Bob Bryant has resigned and will accept a head-coaching position nearer his native North Carolina.

“I’ve accepted the job in theory but can’t make it public,’’ Bryant told AJC.com. “I wanted to help North Paulding as best I could and went ahead and resigned early because if I stayed, they can’t post the job. They’re good people that have been good to me.’’

North Paulding was 7-4 and 6-5 in two seasons under Bryant, who won three state titles as a head coach in North Carolina while at Havelock High.

Lambert, West Forsyth and Denmark – all Forsyth County schools – are set to approve recommended head coaches at a school board meeting Tuesday, according to Nathan Turner, Forsyth Schools athletic director. 

Turner would not comment on prospective hires, but other multiple sources have tied Lowndes assistant Tommy Watson to the Lambert job.

Watson was head coach at Upson-Lee, his alma mater, from 2008 to 2013 and spent the past five seasons at Lowndes, where he was the run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Sources also indicate that Lowndes defensive coordinator Byron Slack has been recommended for the Hillgrove opening, pending board approval. Slack was on Camden County’s staff from 2005 through 2011, during which the Wildcats won two state titles under coach Jeff Herron.

Lowndes has a new head coach, Jamie Dubose, who has replaced the retiring Randy McPherson. Dubose was most previously head coach at Central in Phenix City, Ala.

Meanwhile, West Forsyth is likely to hire a current head coach from a nearby metro Atlanta school while Denmark has not settled on a leading candidate, according to sources.

Below are reported head coaching openings this off-season:

Alpharetta- Former coach: Jacob Nichols. New coach: Open

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

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: Open

Decatur- Former coach: Cody Cory. New coach: Open

Denmark- Former coach: Terry Crowder. New coach: Open

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

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

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

Hillgrove- Former coach: Phillip Ironside. New coach: Open

irwin County: Former coach: Buddy Nobles. New coach: Casey Soliday

Islands- Former coach: Robert Zoller. New coach: Open

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

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

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

Lakeview Academy- Former coach: Deuce Roark. New coach: Lee Shaw

Lambert- Former coach: Louis Daniel. New coach: Open

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

Loganville- Former coach: Mike Humphreys. New coach: Open

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

Luella- Former coach: Jason Jackson. New coach: Open

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

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

North Paulding- Former coach: Jim Bob 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

Providence Christian- Former coach: Parker Conley. New coach: Open

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: Open

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: Open

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

Tri-Cites- Former coach: Terrence Banks. 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: Open

Walker- Former coach: Matt Casper. New coach: Open

West Forsyth- Former coach: Shawn Cahill. New coach: Open

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: Open

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

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