Four Questions with Marist coach Alan Chadwick

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GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We’ll report from a different head coach each day.

Alan Chadwick, Marist

1. What is the most memorable game you’ve been a part of as a player or coach?“With over 40 years at Marist, there have been quite a few. The most memorable to me would have to be the 1989 state championship game versus Worth County. After finishing as state runner-up five times previously, we finally broke through and won the first state championship in Marist history with a 30-8 win. We had a really great defense that year and an opportunistic offense. We ran the old ‘fumblerooski’play for a TD from about 27 yards out, and that kind of stunned Worth County. By the way, that play is no longer legal.”

2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why?“Wow, that’s a tough one! I would have to say one of the coaches I most respected and revered was Bill Chappell at Dalton. He is one of the most respected and classiest coaches ever in the state of Georgia. He was always gracious and treated everyone with genuine friendliness and respect. He also was very tough to beat as his teams were always physical, disciplined and well-coached.”

3. What is your pet peeve as a coach or favorite saying/motto?“I have always liked John Wooden’s ‘Failure to prepare … is preparing to fail.’ If you do your homework and work as hard as you can, that’s all you can ask for.”

4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed?“There’s not enough space in your paper to list all the changes I would like to see made. The high school game has changed so much in recent years. Holding occurs on every play all across the line of scrimmage and rarely gets called. But if Marist pitches the ball to a running back out on the perimeter on an option play, the officials will call holding on our 140-pound split end every time, just because a hand may have gotten outside the frame of the defender.”

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