By Doug Gorman
As the new head football coach at Morrow High School, Kenya Fouch wants to restore both discipline and a winning tradition to the Mustangs.
Fouch, who is the school's ninth ever football coach, was introduced to parents, faculty members and a handful of players Wednesday night during a meet and greet session in the school's media center.
Fouch takes over for Dorwyn Lyles, who resigned at the end of last season after guiding the Mustangs to a 1-9 season.
The Mustangs' new coach was chosen by a selection committee of faculty members, and parents, and officially accepted the job just this week
"We are really glad he is here," said Morrow Principal Morris Blasingame. "We know he is prepared to take us to the next level."
Although this will be Fouch's first job as a head football coach, he brings a solid football tradition to the Southern Crescent.
The former college football player at both Georgia Tech and Furman, returned to Hart County, his high school alma mater, as an assistant coach where he most recently coached the team's linebackers.
As a player at Hart County, Fouch played for Bobby Pate, who also lead West Georgia College to a Division III national title.
During his own college career, Fouch played for George O'Leary at Tech and Bobby Johnson at Furman. He was also heavily influenced by a former Hart County assistant coach William DeVane, who is now at Clark Central in Athens.
Fouch wants to bring the same winning attitude to the Morrow program.
"I'm really excited about being here," said Fouch. "We had a lot of success at Hart County, we made the playoffs 14 straight years. It's not the type of program you are going to leave without another great opportunity. This is a great opportunity, and I thank God for the chance to be here."
In his first meeting with Morrow fans, the Mustangs' new coach was hit with probing questions from parents who are hungry to see the football team return to its winning ways. Former Morrow football coach and current athletic director Tom Van Tone, who was part of the hiring process, understands the parents' desire to win.
"We all want to see the glory restored to the football team," he said. "We think Coach Fouch is the right man to do that."
In addition to winning on the football field, parents told Fouch they also want the game of football to teach their children discipline.
Fouch assured the parents, discipline is part of what he will bring to the job.
"Nobody is going to get preferential treatment," he said. "We will weed out any players not acting like solid citizens."
Fouch also wants Morrow football players to be visible in the community.
"It's important to give back to the community, and be a positive force." he said.
On the football field, Fouch promises his players will be stronger. A new emphasis on weight lifting and conditioning will be introduced to Morrow players, which is expected to include a weight lifting class as part of the physical education program.
"Our goal is to get stronger and faster," he said. "Right now our main concern is to beat Forest Park (the season opener), and then win game No. 2. By week 14 we want to be ready to play in the Georgia Dome and then play for the state championship."
It will take some time for Fouch to assemble a coaching staff, but he still plans on conducting a spring football practice.
"It will be more of an evaluation period, but I'm ready to hit the ground running," he said.