Sports

December 18, 2012

Chief will change again at Murray County

Hammond done as Indians head coach

In 2006, more than a decade and a half of stability at the top of Murray County High’s football program ended when coach Bill Napier resigned.

Coaches have made quick exits after taking the top spot for the Indians since then, though, and now the school must fill the job again.

John Hammond resigned as coach Monday, ending a two-season tenure in which he was 2-18, with both of those wins coming from forfeits by Dalton and Southeast Whitfield for the use of an ineligible player in 2011. The next hire for the Indians will be the program’s fifth coach in eight years.

Including the forfeits’ original scores, the Indians were outscored 213-0 in Hammond’s first three games. Murray County gave up at least 41 points in each game under Hammond, was shut out seven times and scored more than 14 points in a single game just once.

Hammond said balancing the demands of family and head coach reached a tipping point.

“Basically, these two years were two long, rough years,” Hammond said. “We spent a lot of time working as hard as we could, and you spend a lot of time away from your family. I have two kids, and basically I have missed out on two years of their lives. Being a football coach is a 12-month job, and right now they are in high school and they will be heading out into the world, and I need to recharge the batteries.”

The Murray County program needs recharging as well.

Since Napier resigned following an 0-10 season in 2006, Murray County has had three coaches, none of whom lasted more than two seasons. Josh Lowe, who followed Napier, was 1-19 in two seasons, and John Zeigler was 4-16 in his two seasons before Hammond, a long-time assistant coach at the school, was hired in March 2011.

“It has been kind of rough as far as wins and losses, but dealing with these kids, I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Hammond said. “I met with (the players) today, and basically told them that. This has been a special group of young men who have always worked as hard as they could even when the success on the field wasn’t there. We played a lot of young kids and did the best we could with what we had.

Text Only
Sports
  • Eder Mora.jpg Dalton's Eder Mora will not play football

    Dalton High School football coach Matt Land confirmed Friday morning that star linebacker Eder Mora will not play football this fall.
    “Eder, obviously, is not here,” Land said after the opening of the first day of conditioning for area high school teams. “He has an opportunity to do something really special in soccer.”

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7on7 day 1 '14 23 mlh.jpg Conditioning for success

    Local high school football teams have had voluntary workouts, seven-on-seven drills and other practices and camps throughout the summer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Summer of Satterfield: Rising star goes low for latest victory

    Chatsworth’s Savannah Satterfield is proving her mettle on the golf course this summer, and her latest tournament outing resulted in another title and a record round.

    July 25, 2014

  • Roadrunners’ Mitchell receives high academic honor

    Chatsworth’s Tyler Mitchell hopes to make his living playing professional golf. But if his dreams of courtesy cars and big checks on the PGA Tour don’t come through, he knows he can rely upon his education.

    July 25, 2014

  • Larry Case: Camping a sure cure for the big city blues

    In case you haven’t noticed, we are looking right down the gun barrel at winding down on another summer.

    July 25, 2014

  • Chris Whitfield's Fairways & Greens: Nob North prepares for 'big date'

    Like anyone getting ready for a big date, golf courses get dressed up when it is time for a major event. But while a woman may put on a little makeup and a man may add a spray of cologne, Nob North Golf Course in Varnell is getting something more akin to Botox.

    July 24, 2014

  • DSCgolf-col.jpg Dalton State notebook: Women's golf looking forward to tee time

    After a “redshirt” year for the entire program in 2013-14, Dalton State College’s women’s golf team is looking forward to its inaugural campaign.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd roasted 1 mlh.jpg One last 'Goodbye' for coach Todd

    Charles Todd talks to parents and coaches before his going-away party Tuesday in the Dalton High School commons area.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fishing Lures3cw.jpg Turner lured into love of learning fishing business

    Fishing and tall tales go hand in hand, and after nearly three decades in a business supplying local anglers, Phil Turner has heard just about all of them.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • U.S. Amateur dreams over for local golfers

    Dalton golfers Chase Miller and Will Morrow traveled to Cincinnati on Tuesday in an attempt to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, but neither earned one of the three qualifying spots at the 6,588-yard, par-70 course at Camargo Club.

    July 23, 2014