North Fulton football coach leaves for job at Tennessee college

Tim Mathis, the former coach at St. Francis in Alpharetta, has left to take a job at an NAIA school in Tennessee.

At least one high school in north Fulton County needs a new head football coach for next year.

Tim Mathis, who coached the St. Francis Knights for two years, has been hired as Cumberland University’s head football coach.

The NAIA school in Lebanon, Tennessee announced the hire last week.

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“I am honored and humbled to be named the next head coach at Cumberland University,” Mathis said in a statement on the school’s website. “I cannot wait to get to work on campus and start building relationships with the players and coaches as well as the community of Lebanon. I am looking forward to adding to the rich history of Cumberland University.”

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In his two years leading St. Francis, the Knights had an overall record of 6-14. At Cumberland, Mathis replaces Donnie Suber, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech.

Mathis previously coached at Division II Shorter University, Trion City Schools in Georgia, and Franklin County High School in Eastpoint, Florida. He is a 1996 graduate of Georgia Southern University.

St. Francis athletic director Brandon Bates said Mathis informed the school he was leaving last week. Bates said he is reviewing resumes for the position now, and if anyone wants to apply they can email him at

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