Jimmy Chupp, King’s Ridge Christian
1. What is the most memorable game you’ve been a part of as a player or coach? “I have to mention more than one while I was at GACS. We upset Bowdon in 1995 in the playoffs after losing to them early in the season. Our guys played so hard that night, and it was a huge win for our program. I would also have to mention our playoff run on the road in 2002. We won thrillers at Calhoun and Charlton County, then we beat Early County in the Georgia Dome in Week 14. We lost to a great Buford team in the championship game the next week, but it was an amazing run for us.” [Chupp was head coach at Greater Atlanta Christian from 1999 to 2007 and served as an assistant coach at the school for some years before and after.]
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? “I have to say it was two guys for whom my twin sons did play. Coach Jim Lofton [GAC’s coach from 1994 to 1998] was an amazing man. He saw the game as a tool to build young men into better men. He valued relationships highly and he shared his deep faith in God passionately. The other is Coach Tim Hardy, currently at GACS. He coached my sons at Wheaton College, and he is outstanding at building quality programs. He creates an environment conducive to success, and he builds men into better men. Two amazing men that I have been blessed to know.”
3. What is your pet peeve as a coach or favorite saying/motto? “It would have to be ‘Everything, All the Time, No Regrets.’ We want to learn to give everything we have and we need to learn to give it all the time. If we do so, hopefully, we will have no regrets in the end.”
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? “I think a lot of rules and policies have been addressed well here in the past. I would just like to see us grow in our sportsmanship toward one another on and off the field. Our opponents are not our enemy. Our enemy is the evil one. We need to continue to use our game to help grow our young men into better men.”
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