In a story for this week's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GHSF Daily's Todd Holcomb answered one trivia question for each of the 10 state finalists. This week in GHSF Daily, we are answering those questions again, but in greater detail, continuing today with Class AAAA.
Which school was the last to win a state title with a new coach?
Chad Phillips, who replaced Mike Earwood at Starr's Mill, can become the first since 2004, when Warner Robins' Brian Way and Clinch County's Jim Dickerson did it.
There have been 18 coaches in the GHSA to win a state title in their first season as head coach at a school. Note that three of them (noted by an asterisk) had been head coaches previously. The other 15 are first-time head coaches like Phillips.
The 18 are:
Earl Wheby, 1948 Fitzgerald
Harold Herrington, 1950 Quitman
Glenn Yancey, 1951 Cordele
*Lindy McGee, 1952 Calhoun
Frank Inman, 1956 Richmond Academy
Bobby Holland, 1956 Monticello
Bill Corry, 1956 Morgan County
Hervey Amick, 1958 Stephens County
Joe Sumrall, 1958 Thomasville
Minton Williams, 1959 Dublin
Dan Denning, 1964 Douglas County
*Wayman Creel, 1970 Lakeside (Atlanta)
Mike Battle, 1975 Irwin County
Lloyd Bohannon, 1978 Griffin
*Luther Welsh, 1984 Thomson
Maurice Freeman, 1994 Brooks County
Jim Dickerson, 2004 Clinch County
Bryan Way, 2004 Warner Robins
Which was the last North Fulton school to complete an undefeated season?
A better question would be: Has there ever been an offensive coordinator to win state titles at three schools? Problem is, we don't know the answer to that. Scott Carmichael, Chattahoochee's offensive coordinator, also was OC at 1999 Oconee County and 2003 Camden County, both state champions.
Back to the original question: Chattahoochee can become the first since North Springs (12-0-1). The only North Fulton school with a perfect season was Roswell (13-0) in 1968.
Here are the six North Fulton teams that have reached a state championship game:
2006 Roswell (tied Peachtree Ridge 14-14), Class AAAAA
1974 North Springs (lost to Carrollton 28-21), Class A
1970 Roswell (beat Warren County 28-12), Class A
1969 North Springs (beat Gainesville 28-21), Class AA
1968 Roswell (beat Irwin County 32-6), Class B
1956 Roswell (lost to Monticello 35-6), Class C