Posted: 11:59 am Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

North Hall coach Christmas resigns, heads back to Virginia 

By Todd Holcomb

Bob Christmas, the coach who made a state contender out of North Hall, is returning to Virginia to coach the school where he won state championships more than 20 years ago.

Christmas’ record at North Hall was 106-46 in 13 seasons. He inherited a team that had gone 0-10 the season before and never won a state playoff game.

“In all my years of coaching, this has been the most rewarding 13 years I have had,” Christmas told the Gainesville Times. “The people here have been great, and I’ve loved being here. But after weighing a lot of things, this move just added up for me.”

Christmas will be head coach at Jefferson Forest in Forest, Va., which won state titles in 1992 and 1993. Christmas was Jefferson Forest’s coach for nine seasons. Christmas also coached at Liberty Christian Academy and Liberty Baptist College in Virginia.

During Christmas’ tenure at North Hall, the Trojans won region titles in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2012 and reached the state semifinals in 2007 and 2012. North Hall was 8-3 last season.


What coach Christmas accomplished at North Hall is nothing short of spectacular. He built a consistent state contender at a rural school with no open enrollment policy that had only a handful of winning seasons since 1957. Before his arrival, their best season was 7-4. North Hall was considered the graveyard of coaches in NE Georgia and yet Christmas won 4 region titles (in regions containing Gainesville, Flowery Branch, and Buford), had 4 quarterfinal appearances, and made the semis twice.