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In 11 seasons as head coach at Henry County, Mike Rozier led the team to five playoff appearances. He resigned on Wednesday to pursue other coaching opportunities.
Saying it was time for him to “look for new challenges professionally,” Henry County football coach Mike Rozier resigned from the position he has held the past 11 seasons.
Rozier, the only coach in school history to win a region championship, said he will look into other opportunities, and might move into the collegiate level.
“I absolutely want to coach again,” he said Thursday evening. “I haven’t made a decision yet on what I’m going to do. I’m looking into some things.”
Rozier led the Warhawks to five straight playoff appearances, and compiled a 51-67 record. He led the program to consecutive 10-win seasons in 2007 and ’08. During his tenure, Henry County produced two wide receivers who played in national all-star games.
“One of the biggest things I am proud of is seeing the program change from a losing mindset to a winning mindset,” Rozier wrote in an e-mail. “Before they would take the field and think they were going to lose before the game was even played. Now, when the players hit the field they expect to win, and that is half the battle.”
Prior to taking over as the Henry County coach in 2001, Rozier was a defensive coordinator during stops at Jonesboro and Morrow high schools.
In 2007, he led the Warhawks to a 10-2 record and Region 4-AAA title. The team followed that in 2008 with a Region 4-AAA championship. In both seasons, Henry County lost in the second round of the playoffs.
This past fall, Henry County finished with a 7-5 record and lost to St. Pius in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. Rozier has several players on this season’s team, including major college prospects Chris Moody and Dalvin Tomlinson.
“Football at Henry County High school has seen continued upward progress since I was given the privilege of running the program 11 years ago,” Rozier’s e-mail explained. “I believe that it is time for me personally to look for new challenges professionally. I also know that a fresh perspective for the program could be very beneficial.”