Coaching changes: New schools Cherokee Bluff, Denmark set for fall
Georgia’s newest football-playing high schools have head coaches, mascots, colors and their own interesting stories.
Cherokee Bluff in Hall County has hired Tommy Jones.
Denmark in Forsyth County has tabbed Terry Crowder.
Cherokee Bluff and Denmark are among 42 Georgia high schools that have had openings for head coaches this off-season. That’s roughly half of the typical turnover, so many more are on the way. Only 11 are filled (list below).
The new schools will bring to 420 the number competing in football in the Georgia High School Association.
‘’I’ve always been intrigued with the opportunity to start a program, and I really believe that the ingredients in that community are there for long-term success,’’ said Jones, who won five region titles at his previous school, Dacula. “There’s a very pro-active administration in place. Their enthusiasm for a start-up school is infectious and contagious, and it was something I wanted to be a part of.’’
Jones’ new team will jump right into region play in 7-AAA and face the likes of Greater Atlanta Christian and county rivals East Hall and North Hall.
The school mascot will be the Bears, and the colors will be purple and white.
And its arch-rival – in time – will be Flowery Branch. In an odd twist, Cherokee Bluff will occupy the current Flowery Branch High School building, and Flowery Branch will move back to its original location, Davis Middle School, about 3.5 miles away, nearer the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp. Flowery Branch moved to its new location (the future Cherokee Bluff) in 2009.
Cherokee Bluff will be the seventh public high school in the Hall County school system, eighth counting Gainesville High, a city school.
Denmark, in southwest Forsyth, also will play a full region football schedule this fall. Denmark will complete in 7-AAAA with Marist, Blessed Trinity and White County, among others. Denmark’s mascot is the Danes, and school colors are Carolina blue, navy and silver.
The school name honors Dr. Leila Denmark, who helped develop a vaccine for whooping cough in 1932. Denmark died in 2012 at the age of 114 as the fifth-oldest living person in the world. The new high school is adjacent to where Dr. Denmark lived and ran a medical office.
Crowder has been a head coach for 14 years in Georgia, the past five at Creekview in Cherokee County. He led Chattahoochee to the Class AAAA championship in 2010. His career record is 91-62.
Denmark will be the sixth Forsyth County high school and eventually projects to join the others in the highest classification.
|School||New coach||Came from||Previous coach||Went to|
|Apalachee||Open||Steve Sims (3)|
|Armuchee||Open||Muhammad Abdellatif (4)|
|Banks County||Chad Cheatham||Josh Shoemaker (2)|
|Berkmar||Willie Gary||Kenan Dever (3)|
|Berrien||Open||Bill Cribb (2)|
|Bowdon||Richard Fendley||Robert Andrews (3)|
|Brantley County||Geoff Cannon||Mark Walker (8)|
|Bryan County||Abram Scott||Mario Mincey (1)|
|Carver (Columbus)||Open||Calvin Arnold (1)|
|Cherokee Bluff||Tommy Jones||Dacula (5)|
|Coosa||Open||Todd Wheeler (5)|
|Creekview||Open||Terry Crowder (5)||Denmark|
|Dacula||Open||Tommy Jones (5)||Cherokee Bluff|
|Denmark||Terry Crowder||Creekview (5)|
|East Laurens||Open||Chris Robinson (2)|
|Franklin County||Open||Jerry Underwood (5)|
|Grady||Open||Earthwind Moreland (4)|
|Greene County||Open||Robert Edwards (6)|
|Hiram||Open||Chris Brown (5)|
|Jordan||Open||Justin Newman (2)|
|Kendrick||Open||Cedric Ware (3)|
|Kennesaw Mountain||Caleb Carmean||Andy Scott (6)|
|LaGrange||Open||Dialleo Burks (4)|
|Landmark Christian||Open||Wayne Brantley (6)|
|Metter||Open||Chris Johnson (3)|
|Miller Grove||Open||Justin Larmond (2)|
|Model||Open||Gordon Powers (12)|
|North Paulding||Open||Scott Jones (6)|
|Northside (Columbus)||Open||Morgan Ingram (5)|
|Putnam County||Open||Kyle Gourley (5)|
|Ridgeland||Open||Wesley Tankersley (3)||Stephens County|
|Riverwood||Open||Mark Myers (1)|
|Savannah Christian||Open||Donald Chumley (13)|
|South Paulding||Open||Ed Koester (5)|
|Stephens County||Wesley Tankersley||Ridgeland (3)||Frank Barden (4)|
|Thomas County Central||Open||Bill Shaver (10)|
|Twiggs County||Kelvin Blackshear||Zackery Harris (1)|
|Veterans||Open||David Bruce (8)|
|Walnut Grove||Open||Ben Reaves (5)|
|Westover||Open||Octavia Jones (8)|
|Wheeler County||Open||Randy Collins (2)|
|Wilcox County||Ken Cofer||Mark Ledford (17)|