Two of the new head coaches are former assistant coaches who were promoted while one is new to West Metro altogether.
After being an assistant football coach for 20 years, Adairsville head baseball coach Eric Bishop is the new head football coach after being promoted recently.
“I thought over it and discussed it with my wife and I just felt like it was time for me to take the jump. After I put in my application, I started preparing for the interview and I haven’t slowed down since,” Bishop said.
Bishop had been an assistant coach at South Central Middle School in Emerson and Woodland High School, and an assistant at Adairsville for eight years before his promotion.
Bishop succeeds Jim Kremer, who resigned last school year to take an assistant’s job in Sonoraville.
Ed Koester, former South Cobb and Cherokee head coach, was hired as the new head football coach at South Paulding in May.
Koester began his head coaching career in Oklahoma in 1985. After coaching in Texas, Koester brought his coaching to Georgia at Cherokee High School in 1998. Since then he has also coached at Lakeside in Evans County.
In 2008 Koester became the head coach at South Cobb where he stayed through the 2012 season. Koester got the Eagles to the playoffs twice while he was there.
“South Paulding is a great opportunity,” he said. “There’s a solid foundation, the kids are eager and the community is anxious. Those are great ingredients.”
Koester succeeds Tim Glanton, who took a position on the inaugural football coaching staff at Kennesaw State University.
Former defensive coordinator at Hiram, Chris Brown, was elevated to head football coach.
After the retirement of Ken Ritch at the end of the school year after eight years as the school’s athletic director, longtime head football coach Andy Dorsey took Ritch’s former position and resigned as head coach.
Brown was the defensive coordinator for the Hornets for seven years. He said it “has always been a dream of mine” to be a head coach.
As the athletic director, Dorsey and Principal Jason Freeman made the decision on the new head coach and Dorsey said he was pushing for Brown’s hiring.
Dorsey said he is “really excited” to have Brown as the new head coach as he has been a part of his staff for years and knows the game.