Blessed Trinity football coach McFarlin steps down

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

Tim McFarlin, who won three state titles at Blessed Trinity and one at Roswell over 20 years as a head football coach, resigned Thursday, stopping short of calling it a retirement but with no certain plans for next season.

“I’m fortunate to have spent 40 years coaching in the Roswell community, and it’s just been awesome,” McFarlin said. “I started thinking about this several weeks ago during the season. You can never pinpoint one thing other than I just felt it was time to move on from Blessed Trinity. I leave there with great relationships and a lot of fond memories.”

McFarlin, 62, is one of 15 coaches in GHSA to win state titles at two schools. His first came in 2006 at Roswell, where he became head coach in 1998 after nearly two decades as an assistant to Ray Manus. He won championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019 at Blessed Trinity, a Catholic school in Roswell.

McFarlin became Blessed Trinity’s coach in 2011, when the program had never won a playoff game in its 10 years of existence. In 10 years under McFarlin, Blessed Trinity was 112-10-1 with seven region titles and three Class 4A championships. The 2020 team was 8-1, beaten in the Class 5A quarterfinals by eventual champion Warner Robins.

“We really didn’t have an expectations (when hired at Blessed Trinity) except to put a process in place, and I’m certainly surprised at what we’ve been able to do there,” McFarlin said. “But it’s a testament to the players we’ve had. We’ve had some awesome young men. And I’ve been surrounded by good coaches. That always makes a difference.”

McFarlin has spent his career coaching in north Fulton County, where he grew up. He’s a graduate of Milton High. In the three seasons between his stints at Roswell and Blessed Trinity, McFarlin worked as an assistant at King’s Ridge Christian, then rejoined Roswell’s staff for a year. McFarlin’s career record of 194-52-2 represents the most victories of any coach in north Fulton history.