The Douglasville resident has been a fixture in Douglas County for nearly a decade, with a five-year stint as defensive coordinator at Alexander also on his resume.
“I was happy at New Manchester but Chapel Hill is a school in our community that’s always had success,” DeShon said. “I’m familiar with the kids, the county and felt strongly about coming here because Chapel Hill has a rich tradition in athletics.
“We want to develop young men who turn into leaders, do things the right way and develop their minds as well.”
DeShon replaces Geoff Pastrick, who accepted the head coach position at South Cobb in March.
“We’re very excited to begin this new era of football under the guidance of coach DeShon,” said Chapel Hill principal Sean Kelly. “After researching his past experiences, successes and overall philosophies of teaching and coaching, it was evident that coach DeShon was the right selection.”
DeShon, who was also the head baseball coach at New Manchester, elected to stay with the Jaguars through the conclusion of their season this week.
“It was important for me because the baseball players didn’t quit on me since the announcement was made,” DeShon said. “We talked all year about being committed to the team and playing hard through good and bad times. I owed it to them.”
The new coach has been able to meet several Panthers players and members of the Chapel Hill Touchdown Club. He is forming his coaching staff to implement new schemes.
“We’ll run a spread offense to display our skill and employ a 3-5 or 3-4 defensive formation to use our athletic ability as much as possible,” DeShon said.
DeShon inherits a Chapel Hill program that has made the state playoffs the past two seasons and won five region contests last year. The Panthers, who have spent the past two years in Class 3A, will move up to Class 5A this upcoming fall and join the same region as fellow Douglas County programs Alexander, Lithia Springs and New Manchester.