Football coaching changes: Vidalia hires Metter’s Garvin



Rodney Garvin, who led Metter to 52 victories in five seasons, is returning to Vidalia as football coach. He was Vidalia’s defensive coordinator for 11 seasons before taking the Metter job in 2018.

Metter was 3-7 the season before it hired Garvin, who led the Tigers to a 6-4 record in his debut, then four quarterfinals and two semifinals. Metter was 9-4 this season and lost in the Class A Division I quarters to No. 1 Prince Avenue Christian last week.

Vidalia was 16-15 in three seasons under Jason Cameron and was 6-4 this season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

There have been 22 openings at GHSA since the end of the regular season. Here are those with their former coaches and new coaches when one is hired.

Peach County coach Chad Campbell announced Wednesday that he was retiring after 30 years at the school, the past 16 as head coach.

Armuchee - Jeremy Green

Berkmar - Cole Meyer

Cairo - David Coleman (interim)

Campbell - Howie Decristofaro

Central (Talbotton) - Chris Cowart

Chattahoochee - Mike Malone

Chattooga - Shawn Peek

Chestatee - Shaun Conley

Dacula - Casey Vogt

Forsyth Central - David Rooney

Griffin - Rusty Easom

Jackson County - Rich McWhorter

Jefferson County - J.B. Arnold

Lowndes - Zach Grage

Metter: Rodney Garvin

Peach County: Chad Campbell

Pope - Tab Griffin

Rockdale County - Lee Hannah

Salem - Jarrett Laws

Shaw - Blair Harrison

Vidalia - Jason Cameron (New coach: Joel Harvin)

Walker - Tom Evangelista