Football coaching hires: New Gwinnett school picks Hepler

9:02 am Feb. 24, 2015

Discovery, the newest high school in Gwinnett County, has hired Frank Hepler as its first head coach.

Hepler was head coach last season at Nova High in Davie, Fla., but is better known in Georgia for starting West Forsyth’s program in 2007. West Forsyth was 49-18 in Hepler’s six seasons and reached the playoffs four straight times.

Discovery will open this year and relieve Berkmar and Central Gwinnett. The school’s nickname, the

Duluth promotes Swank as head football coach

8:32 am Feb. 12, 2015

Duluth on Wednesday promoted defensive coordinator Bob Swank to replace Jason Conner as head football coach.

Swank came to Georgia in 2005 to coach at Pope in Marietta. His teams were only 8-22, but Swank did well to persuade one of the team’s best basketball players, T.J. Yates, to resume his football career. Yates played one season in Swank’s spread offense, got all-state recognition and wound up in the NFL

Centennial, Apalachee hire Gwinnett assistants as football coaches

11:58 am Feb. 11, 2015

Centennial and Apalachee have dipped into Gwinnett County to find their new head football coaches.

Centennial this week hired Grayson defensive coordinator Lenny Gregory to replace Jeff Carlberg, who resigned after three seasons. Gregory coached at Grayson for five seasons and was part of the 2011 state championship team. Gregory is a former defensive lineman at Brigham Young.

Norcross offensive coordinator Steve Sims is the new head coach at Apalachee in Barrow

Tift County hires assistant Anders as football coach

10:48 pm Feb. 10, 2015

Tift County has promoted assistant head coach and former Murray State defensive coordinator Ashley Anders to replace John Reid as football coach, Tift County Public Schools announced Tuesday afternoon on its Facebook page.

Anders joined Reid’s staff for the 2013 season. He was defensive coordinator at Murray State from 2010 to 2012. He also has been an assistant coach at Georgia Southern, Valdosta State and Holmes Community College.

Tift County was

Report: Rome football to hire Tift County’s Reid

5:48 pm Feb. 10, 2015

Tift County football coach John Reid is set to be approved on Tuesday evening as head coach at Rome, The Rome News-Tribune has reported.

Reid was 14-17 in three seasons at Tift County, but the Blue Devils were 7-4 in 2014, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Tift beat out perennial playoff teams Lowndes and Camden County out of strong Region 1-AAAAAA.

Reid’s best work came at East

Last power ratings of the regular season; Non-football signees

2:04 pm Feb. 4, 2015

With the regular season concluding this weekend, and the region tournaments starting up next week, the St. Francis boys have reclaimed the lead over Athens Christian for the No. 1 spot in the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps Private School Power Ratings. Calhoun County has extended its lead over Greenville for the top spot in the public school ratings.

On the girls side, St. Francis maintained a firm grip on the No.

HS notebook: Brookwood hires Jones as head football coach

8:53 am Feb. 4, 2015

Brookwood hired Philip Jones this week to replace the retiring Mark Crews as football coach.

Jones was a member of Brookwood’s 1996 state-championship team and returned to Brookwood as an assistant two seasons ago after two years as a head coach at Banks County.

Jones’ father, Tom Jones, has been a Brookwood assistant since the 1980s, and the opportunity to coach with his father was a reason for coming back.

Philip Jones is

Bowdon hires North Gwinnett defensive coordinator to replace Hochstetler

5:24 am Jan. 24, 2015

North Gwinnett defensive coordinator Robert Andrews is the new head coach at Bowdon, replacing retired 300-game winner Dwight Hochstetler, the Class AA school in Carroll County announced on Friday.

Andrews has been North’s defensive coordinator since 2013. He held the same post with Grayson from 2005 to 2012 and was part of Grayson’s 2011 Class AAAAA championship team that featured All-America defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. Grayson had 26 shutouts in those

Centennial to replace Carlberg as football coach

1:19 pm Jan. 7, 2015

Jeff Carlberg is out as head coach at Centennial.

His teams were 3-7, 1-9 and 5-5 in three seasons at a school that has had only one winning season (6-4 in 2007) in the past 10 years.

A Kentucky native, Carlberg had been a defensive coordinator at Lassiter and Alpharetta.

‘’I enjoyed my time here and really loved the community and the kids and will miss them,’’ Carlberg said.

Other openings recently reported include

Former GAC coach Lofton dies at age 85

1:22 pm Jan. 2, 2015

Jim Lofton, who won 258 games as a high school football coach and was an Auburn college roommate of Vince Dooley, died on New Year’s Day. He was 85.

Lofton led Greater Atlanta Christian to an 11-3 finish in 1998, his final season as a head coach. He remained on GAC’s staff through 2002 as an assistant coach. During retirement, Lofton wrote a book, ‘’So You Think You Want to