3. What attracted you to the Peachtree Ridge job? “I live 3.2 miles from the school. So I drove past it many times, and it was always intriguing as a 7A Georgia football program. Gwinnett County football is the SEC – pains me to say since I’m a Big Ten guy – of Georgia high school football. The commitment to athletics in addition to academics was very attractive. There are multiple Gwinnett schools in the top 40 in Georgia in academics, and those schools all have excellent athletics as well. Peachtree Ridge is one of those schools. This community was starving for more success on the football field, and it showed when I inquired about the opening. There’s a rich tradition here, and you have NFL guys like Cameron and Connor Heyward, Bradley Roby and Kevin Minter giving back to the community and program. My son is going to be in school next year, and I wanted him to have the best mix of excellent academics, athletics, along with a great community to live in, and we found it here at The Ridge.”
4. What do you believe is the difference-maker between winning and losing in Georgia high school football? What ultimately wins the day? “The support I get here from my principal and the admin is unbelievable. Admin and athletes. Always helps to have athletes. And I’ve been blessed to have been a part of some really good programs and schools. But is everyone willing to go above and beyond for the kids? Circling back to Gwinnett County, the facilities are elite. Academics are always going to come first. But to see the schools and community install fieldhouses, the best weight rooms, turf fields, etc., is something I’ll never take for granted. I’ve coached at schools that didn’t have a coaches office or lockers for athletes. Seeing what the schools and communities do for the student-athletes across this state is refreshing. These kids put a ton of time, money and effort into their sports, and it’s awesome to see many of them rewarded with things that will help them reach their goals of playing at the next level.”
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