By Anthony Rhoads
In the last two seasons, Kenny Barrow turned Martin Luther King Jr. High School from an up-start program to a state football power.
MLK, which opened just four years ago, made it to the Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2003 and the Class AAA semi-finals in 2004.
Barrow was there from the beginning, building the program from the ground up and enjoying almost instant success.
Now, Barrow wants to do the same thing at Mundy's Mill, where he has recently been named as head coach.
"I watched some tapes and there are some good football players at Mundy's Mill. I think they have the opportunity to be just as good or even better (than MLK)," Barrow said.
Barrow added that the experience he had at building a new program at MLK will be invaluable to his new job at Mundy's Mill.
"It will help a great deal," he said. "The key is you have to work and get the kids believing in your system and get them excited. It starts with the off-season programs and agility workouts and then teaching the kids how to compete and finish ball games and letting the chips fall where they may."
Even though Barrow is new to Mundy's Mill, he has experience in the Clayton County school system where he was an assistant at Morrow from 1998-99.
"I feel excited," Barrow said. "It's something new for me. It seems like a good place to work. I'm excited about being there."
Before going to Morrow, Barrow was an assistant at Griffin from 1998-99 and was at Southwest DeKalb for six years.
Barrow is originally from Griffin and after graduating from Griffin High School in 1978, he went on to Ft. Valley State. His first coaching job was at Tri-County and then he went to Newton County for seven years.
Barrow replaces Chad Estes, who recently resigned from the position. Estes had been Mundy's Mill's head coach since the school opened in 2002. After playing a junior varsity schedule in 2002, Mundy's Mill went 5-5 playing in a non-region varsity schedule in 2003.
Intheir first year of region competition in 2004, the Tigers went 3-6-1.
"I'm excited," Mundy's Mill athletic director Mike McElrath said. "We had a lot of people apply for it and we very impressed with Kenny in his interview and resume and the success he's had at MLK. MLK is a year older than us and his first senior class went to the quarterfinals and his second senior class he took to the Dome. We're excited to get someone of his caliber."