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Riverdale to look for new football coach

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

It's becoming harder to keep a high school football coach employed in Clayton County.

Riverdale coach Jamie Reed became the latest football coach in Clayton County to go through the revolving door when he recently stepped down as head football coach for the Raiders in order to spend more time with his family.

Reed was only employed at Riverdale for one season, guiding the Raiders to a 5-5 record last year.

Riverdale now will have to hire its third football coach in the last three years, and its eighth since 1998.

Kevin Jones (2006), Nick Davis (2004-2005), Rodney Hackney (2001-2003), Tom Smith (2000), Tommy Webb (1999) and George Spencer (1996-98) all coached at Riverdale.

Before all the coaching changes at Riverdale, Bill Kennedy stayed in charge of the Raiders from the time the school opened in 1979 until his retirement in 1995. Kennedy is still the county's all-time winningest coach with 94 victories.

Rivedale is not the only Clayton County school that will have a new football coach next year.

Forest Park's DeMarco Mitchell won't be back on the sidelines with the Panthers next year. Morrow coach Darryl Steward lasted only one season with the Mustangs.

Morrow will have its sixth head coach since Jerry Moore led the Mustangs to a 10-2 record in 1998. That was the last time Morrow made the playoffs.

Long-time North Clayton head coach Don Shockley also stepped down after being investigated for keeping suggestive photos on a school computer.

Shockley served as North Clayton's head coach from 1994-2007.