McFarlin ends short retirement, takes job at Fellowship Christian

Tim McFarlin has coached Blessed Trinity through three state titles in Class AAAA.
Tim McFarlin has coached Blessed Trinity through three state titles in Class AAAA.

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

Retirement lasted only a few weeks for Tim McFarlin as he is expected to be named the head football coach today at the Fellowship Christian School.

McFarlin is replacing the retiring and successful Fellowship coach Al Morrell after stepping down at Blessed Trinity on Jan. 7 where he won three state championships and went 8-1 this season before losing in the Class 5A quarterfinals to eventual champion Warner Robins.

McFarlin moves to a Class A Private school which is only 1.3 miles from Blessed Trinity.

Fellowship Christian is coming off a 10-1 season where they lost in the Class A Private quarterfinals. Morrell, who will remain at the school as a teacher, came to Fellowship in 2013 and had four double-digit winning seasons including an appearance in the state championships in 2016. He also spent seven seasons as the head coach at Creekview and retires with a 114-51 record.

McFarlin built Blessed Trinity into one of the top private school football programs in the state, arriving in 2011 at a school that had never been in the playoffs in its 10 years of existence. Blessed Trinity won seven region titles under McFarlin, who won 112 games at the school while losing only 10 and tying once. The three Class 4A state titles came from 2017-19 and when McFarlin announced he was stepping down in January he did leave the door open for a return.

McFarlin is very familiar with the Fellowship area, now coaching at his third school in Roswell as he spent 10 years as head coach at Roswell High School where he won a Class 5A state Championship in 2008. He has an overall record of 194-54-2, which includes nine region championships and four state titles.

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