WARRENTON, Ga. Marleau Blount was officially named the new head football coach at Warren County High School following a special called meeting by school board members on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old Blount, who had been an assistant coach at the school for the past 10 years, replaces Lee Hutto, who recently was hired as the new athletic director/head football coach at Washington-Wilkes High School. Hutto served as head football coach at Warren County for the past three years.
Im very happy to be given this opportunity, Blount said. Im really excited about the upcoming season and getting started with spring practice. I dont plan to go anywhere else. Im home. This is where I want to be the rest of my career.
The new football coach, who grew up in Warrenton, was the unanimous choice of a 10-member special selection committee, which convened recently and recommended him for the position.
School board members didnt take action on hiring a football coach earlier this month. Blount said school board officials wanted him to call a parent-player meeting to discuss the football program before he would be considered for the position.
The new coach is happy about being chosen to guide the varsity football program at Warren County High School.
I feel honored to have been chosen as the new head football coach, Blount said. This is a position Ive wanted for a long, long time. A lot of people, including my parents, had told me in the past to keep hanging in there that my day was coming, but I first had to pay my dues. They were right and I couldnt be any happier.
Blount, who had served as the offensive coordinator under Hutto, said he has been a student of the game for several years and learned much from the likes of Hutto, Charles Rutland and Eric Parker.
Ive learned a lot about the game of football from those three coaches, Blount said. What I learned from them is invaluable to me. I have a great deal of respect for all three of those men.
He served under Hutto for three years. Prior to Huttos reign at Warren County High School, Coach Blount served as an assistant for a year under Rutland, who served as head football coach at Wrens High School for a number of years and guided the Screaming Devils to the playoffs during that one year. Coach Blount also served as an assistant coach under Parker when he was head coach at Lucy Laney in Augusta in 1999. Parker is now head football coach at Burke County High School in Waynesboro.
The new coach plans to instill into his players the importance of working hard and having self-determination to succeed.
I want us to continue to be a playoff contending team like weve been the last several years, Blount said. That will always be one of our goals every year is to make it to the playoffs.
Blount also plans to build the football team to between 35 and 40 varsity players. During the last three seasons, the team has averaged only 23 players.
Were going to do everything we can to get those numbers up, Blount said. Were already working on that and Ive got a couple of players helping me.
He also said he plans to keep working to improve all aspects of the football program in the Warren County community. Specifically, one of his ideas is to work closely with the local recreation department and the middle school football program to keep youth interested in playing football once they get to the high school level.