Josey names new football coach

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:49 PM
Last updated 1:50 PM
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Josey will hold a news conference Thursday at 10 a.m. to announce the hiring of John Noah as its new football coach.

Noah is the school’s physical education department chair and a former head coach at Hancock Central. He replaces Barney Chavous, a former Denver Broncos standout and Aiken County native who went 15-55 in seven seasons at the school.

Noah has been an assistant coach under Chavous since 2004 and was the offensive coordinator this past season.

“Basically, it was a situation where they were trying to hire someone who was familiar with Josey,” said Noah, who was 12-38 from 1998 to 2002 at Hancock. “I fell like I fit that bill.”

Josey, which has struggled with player participation issues, went 2-8 last season. It is one of the two smallest schools in Region 3-AAAA along with Westside. It is the last Richmond County team to win a Georgia High School Association football title (1995) but hasn’t made the playoffs since going 10-2 in 1999.

The hiring of Noah leaves Richmond County with one coaching vacancy: Butler, which has lost its past 31 games. Aquinas, a private school in the county that competes in the GHSA, promoted assistant Matt LeZotte last week.

Noah said he plans to keep most of Chavous’ staff in place.

“If we have any changes, it won’t be but one or two (coaches),” he said.

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Rozzie2003 04/21/09 - 03:19 pm
Josey can do better than

Josey can do better than selecting Noah for head football coach. Getting a loser to replace a loser.
Chavous' record---15-55
Noah's 12-38
we want a winner.

jackfruitpaper833 04/21/09 - 04:53 pm
LOL Noah use to be at Laney

LOL Noah use to be at Laney for years, left there went to Hancock, then at Josey as an assistant, and now the head coach at Josey. Chavous should have BEEN gone, I know there are a lot of HAPPY Alumni at Josey.

lifelongresidient 04/21/09 - 06:18 pm
josey would be better served

josey would be better served to cancel all sports programs and use the resources to educate its students...better to have many to be able to read than one who can play sports but can't. an educated populace benefits society way more than emphasizing sports when the school fails to meet state and federal standards, and in josy's case under state direction

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