January 14, 2014

Prep football: Colts will meet new coach on Thursday

The Whitfield County Board of Education approved on Tuesday morning the recommendation of Chad Barger as the new head football coach at Coahulla Creek High School.

Barger, who coached this past fall at Tennessee’s Clay County High School and spent five seasons at another Tennessee high school, nearby Sequatchie County, replaces Jared Hamlin.

The school’s only head football coach in its brief three-year history, Hamlin was fired in November after leading the Colts to back-to-back 2-8 seasons in varsity competition.

Barger will make his first appearance at the school as the new coach Thursday morning, meeting with players and the current coaching staff at 8:30. He will be on campus all day and there will be a meet-and-greet gathering at 5:30 p.m. at the school. At 6 p.m., Barger will address the community in the school’s theater.

Barger resigned from the head coaching position at Sequatchie County in November 2012 after compiling a 29-26 record in five seasons. He was 2-8 in his final season leading a program that had gone 1-19 in the two seasons before he took over. The Indians were 6-5 in his first season, and he led the school to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 13 years. He was also the head coach at Cannon County and took that program to its first winning season in 29 years.

In his one season at Clay County, Barger’s team was 3-7. His overall record as a head coach is 43-53.

Coahulla Creek went 8-2 while playing a junior varsity schedule in 2011, the year the school opened. The Colts didn’t make the state playoffs either of the past two seasons as a member of the Georgia High School Association’s Region 5-3A.

As a T-4 certified educator with 13 years of professional service as a teacher for history, geography and personal finance, Barger will receive a teaching salary of $42,325, according to the salary schedule on the Whitfield County Schools website ( He will also receive $7,500 as his football coaching supplement, with $1,500 as the weight training coordinator.

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