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Henry 2014 Football Preview: OLA
by Maurice Dixon
August 20, 2014 04:57 PM | 1094 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>Jared Zito is the new football coach at Ola.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
Jared Zito is the new football coach at Ola.
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When Ola kicks off its 2014 schedule at Locust Grove in a little over a week, Jared Zito will make his debut as the Mustangs’ new football coach.

"It is always exciting to have an opportunity to be in charge of the vision and planning of a program," Zito said. "Each time I have taken over a program as the head coach it always seems like a lot more work than I remembered from the previous opportunities. The first year is always the most challenging in terms of getting everyone on the same page but it is fun."

Before Zito held the position as offensive coordinator at Westlake in 2013, he was the head coach at Dacula and North Forsyth. His coaching record in Georgia is at 28-37.

After a 1-9 start at North Forsyth, Zito turned North Forsyth into a .500 team and then a playoff team for two straight years.

"Ola High School seems very similar to the school, program and community in Coal Mountain at North Forsyth," Zito said. "They both have lot of great people in a small, close-knit community with great kids and families."

His first season at Dacula was also a successful one. Zito led the Falcons to the quarterfinals of Class AAAAA playoffs.

Last season, Westlake rebounded from an 0-10 season in 2012 with a 5-6 record.

Prior to coaching in Georgia, Zito also built his resume in Florida. While there, he endured an 0-10 season his first year at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange before guiding the team to an 8-3 record the next year.

Zito will be Ola’s third coach in the program’s nine-year history. He takes over for John Kovzel, who compiled an 18-42 record during his tenure.

The Mustangs have never won more than four games or advanced to the playoffs, but if anyone has proven he can change that, it is Zito.

"I have talked to them about building a program, which is year round process and that winning is a result of doing all the little things and taking care of the details," Zito said. "I believe in our guys and I can see that everyday they are progressing and getting better in everything they do in terms of attitude, effort and preparation for the opportunity to be successful on the field."

As far as the GHSA realignment, Ola is still in a similar region with Union Grove but Stockbridge, Luella, Dutchtown and Woodland are all members now.

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