North Gwinnett’s Sphire hired by Camden County

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Bob Sphire, who averaged 10 wins in his 11 seasons at North Gwinnett, was approved as the head coach at Camden County on Tuesday evening at a school board meeting.

It brings to an end the most successful era of North Gwinnett football.

North had not had a 10-win season or a region title in its 45-season history until Sphire arrived in 2006. His first team finished 11-2, and North claimed region titles in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 ad 2014.

North reached state-championship games in 2007 (lost to Lowndes) and 2013 (to Norcross).

Sphire’s record at North Gwinnett was 110-28 record. North was 5-5 and 6-5 the past two seasons and lost more than one region game for the first two times under Sphire.

Sphire has more than 250 career wins in high school football, most of them in his native Kentucky.

Camden County was 27-16 in four years under Welton Coffey but slipped to 2-7 last season, its first losing season excluding forfeits since 1977 (4-5-1). Camden won state titles in 2003, 2008 and 2009 under Jeff Herron, who is now Grayson’s head coach.

Coffey resigned as head coach and will become the school’s athletics director after current A.D. Gary Blount retires at the end of the academic year.

Blount released a statement Tuesday, first reported by “Coach Sphire is recognized as one of the best football minds and most effective coaches in the state. We feel he has the expertise, attitude and tenacity needed as we compete in one of the most competitive divisions and regions in Georgia.”

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Good coach but saw him get outcoached several times. Wishing him well at Camden. Talent pool is large and he should be able to accomplish much of the same there.

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