Changes began at Southeast last December when principal Karey Williams was named as the school's new leader. Within three month, Williams had told football coach David Crane and his wife — girls basketball coach Elizabeth Crane — their coaching contracts would not be renewed. By the time the new school year had begun in August, plenty of other dominoes had fallen.
Athletic director Scott Ramsey resigned and took similar position in Fannin County. Out of the 17 varsity sports the school plays, Southeast now has new head coaches in 12 of them. Only Jake Dickey (boys basketball, volleyball), Carrie Bishop (girls cross country), Michael Herndon (wrestling) and Brad Lofton (baseball) returned for this year in the same positions they were in last year.
Among the bigger hirers for the school were Sean Gray (football), Kelly Barton (softball) and Michael Durham (girls basketball).
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Other top stories from 2012: GHSA splits Class A schools into Public/Private divisions. ... Whitfield County native Steve Prohm succeeds as Murray State basketball coach. ... Christian Heritage girls basketball standout Maggie Peeples hits the 2,000-point mark. ... Dalton boys and girls basketball teams both claim subregion titles. ... North Murray boys basketball reaches state tournament for the first time. ... CHS girls basketball reaches GISA state semifinals. ... Dr. David Witherow announces his 1,000th athletic contest. ... Ringgold assistant coach David Gann replaces Larry Cornelius at North Murray. ... Morris Innovative debuts varsity athletics with boys soccer. ... Dalton Rotary Invitational track and field meet renamed the Ronnie McClurg Invitational. ... The Harlem Globetrotters visited Dalton and competed in the trade center. ... Woodlawn/Bagley archery programs win more state titles. ... GHSA announces new heat policy which changes football preparation in the wake of several heat-related deaths. ... Ryan Long takes over the Coahulla Creek girls basketball program. ... North Murray and Christian Heritage boys and Dalton’s girls win region golf titles. ... Longtime Dalton Golf and Country Club professional Lowell Fritz inducted into the state golf hall of fame. ... Coahulla Creek baseball makes the Class 2A state playoffs in its first season. ... Northwest freshman pitcher Seth Pierce is named the baseball player of the year. ... Dalton’s Chandler McKinney and Tristen Harrell earn basketball player of the year honors. ... Northwest softball coach Shane Ramsey steps down as head coach and is later named the head baseball coach at Dalton. ... Georgia Tech Coaches Caravan visits The Farm. ... North Murray and Southeast boys soccer win region titles. ... Former Northwest football standout Nermin Delic transfers from Kentucky to Georgia State. ... Dalton athletics finish in the top 10 of the Director’s Cup standings. ... Taylor Dale swims at the U.S. Olympic trials. ... The Daily Citizen’s 7-on-7 football tournament returns for a second year with an expanded field of participating teams. ... Jason Jones takes over as the new promoter at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth. ... Carl Bouckaert, one of the founders and owners of Beaulieu Group, competes at the London Summer Olympics on the Belgian equestrian team. ... Christian Heritage installs the area’s first artificial turf stadium. ... Local racing legend Biddle Ridley dies at the age of 72. ... Anthony Moseley takes over for Chad Woodson as Christian Heritage’s boys basketball coach. ... Former pro football and pro baseball player Brian Jordan visits for a youth baseball camp. ... Dalton water polo club team launches inaugural season. ... Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon returns for a second running. ... Dalton softball makes a surprising run in the region and state tournament. ... North Murray football starts season 3-0 under new coach. ... Taylor Dale wins national backstroke title. ... Four local volleyball teams win in first round of the state tournament. ... Carpet Capital 10-Miler celebrates its 25th anniversary. ... Dalton freshman Ethan young sets the national 200 backstroke age record. ... Coahulla Creek launches swimming program.