By Doug Gorman
Former Mt. Zion football coach Jackie Green hasn't coached his last high school football game after all.
Green, who won 100 games as the coach of the Bulldogs, and led them to the state championship game in 1999, has been named the head coach of the North squad in the annual high school all-star football game next December in Columbus.
"It's kind of strange," he said. "All those years I coached at Mt. Zion, we would have been part of the south squad, but I'm honored and it will be a lot of fun."
Green is still trying to assemble his coaching staff, but North Clayton head coach Don Shockley will serve as an assistant.
The long-time Mt. Zion coach, who became the Bulldogs' head coach when the school opened its doors in 1990, is now second on the all-time career victories list among Clayton County coaches.
Former Riverdale coach Bill Kennedy won 102 games and that tops the list.
Before moving to Mt. Zion, Green was an assistant coach on Kennedy's staff.
Green will be replaced at Mt. Zion by Edwin Turnipseed, who has been named the school's new head coach.
Turnipseed was Green's first quarterback at Mt. Zion and returned to his high school alma mater as an assistant coach, serving on the 1999 staff.
Turnipseed, who also coached girls' basketball at Mt. Zion, left the school for about a year to work in athletic administration at the University of Georgia.
Most recently, Turnipseed was an assistant football coach and head girls basketball coach at Fayette County High School.
Turnipseed joins other former Green assistants now patrolling the sidelines as a head coach.
Butch Prosser (McIntosh) and Rodney Hackney (Mays) were coordinators at Mt. Zion during the 1999 season.
Danny Bean is coaching at a high school in Kentucky, and Alan Duff was most recently an offensive coordinator at Fayette County.
Former Mt. Zion coach Rodney Satterfield served last year as an offensive coordinator at North Oconee.
Green doesn't expect to suffer from football withdrawals as he prepares for his first year of his adult life away from the game. He plans to attend high school football games to scout out talent for the upcoming all-star game.
After that, he will just weigh his options, which could include working in some capacity with one of the state's small-college programs.