Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 14, 2014

Schley County head football coach resigns, accepts same position at Chattahoochee County

ELLAVILLE — Schley County head football coach Josh Kemp submitted his resignation this week, ending a two-year run as the leader of the Wildcat football program. Kemp, who has been at Schley since 2011 as an offensive coordinator and head coach, will return to Chattahoochee County as the head football coach for the second time after starting the school’s football program in 2005.

“Josh had a situation that he felt like he couldn’t turn down,” said Schley County High School Principal Rusty Tondee. “It’s going to be hard to let him go. He has done a lot of great things for our program and not just on the field. Our kids have grown personally also.”

Kemp took the reigns of the Schley County football program in 2012 and went 4-16 in his two seasons at the helm. The offensive-minded coach led Schley to 3,200 total yards in only 10 games this season with his innovative play-calling. Kemp was assisted by offensive coordinator Scott Colter, defensive coordinator Sam Captain, and position coaches Gabe Theiss and Tim Peavy.

In 2005 Kemp was called on to start the Chattahoochee County varsity football program. In their first season, the Panthers won five games and made the GHSA State Playoffs. They won six games in 2007, eight games in 2008, and went 9-2 in 2009 in Kemp’s final season as the head coach, making the playoffs each year.  

Kemp then took over as the offensive coordinator at Carver High School in Columbus for one season before accepting the same position at Schley County in 2011.

Kemp said that this was a very difficult decision, but in the end the opportunity to return to the program he started was just too good to pass up.

“It was a very tough decision because I have grown to love my players at Schley County. I felt like this was a tremendous opportunity to go to a AA school that could soon be a AAA school and finish what I started,” he said. “I will also be given some administrative duties and that has always been a goal of mine so it was a big opportunity.”

Although Tondee was disappointed that Kemp will not be leading the Wildcat program next season, he was excited about the opportunity to find the best replacement for the job.

“I am looking forward to going through the hiring process. I want to assure the players, parents and our fans that we will pursue and secure the best possible replacement to lead us to the next level. We will miss Josh, and we wish him the best of luck,” he said.

Although one principal will begin searching for a new coach to lead his football program, Chattahoochee County Principal James Sims was very excited to have ended his coaching search with Kemp.

“We are extremely excited to have Coach Josh Kemp back home as a part of the Chattco family,” Sims said. “We look forward to a successful future for the entire Chattco community!”

Chattahoochee County went 2-8 overall last season and finished 0-8 in Region 5-AA competition.


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