Drew coach Jarrett Laws has spent the last five seasons building the Titans program from the ground when the Riverdale school opened in 2009. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
GRIFFIN - In his previous two coaching stops, Jarrett Laws has had to either build or rebuild a program.
Laws will face a different challenge in his next coaching move.
On Tuesday evening, the former Drew High coach was approved by the Griffin-Spalding County Schools board of education to be the next coach at powerhouse Griffin.
The challenge now is keeping the reigning Class AAAA champions in contention.
"This is a different challenge, and I look forward to it," Laws said Tuesday evening after getting the school board approval during its regularly called meeting.
The Griffin job came open when Steve DeVoursney resigned on April 8 amid controversy as the program was being investigated for recruiting and grade fixing allegations.
DeVoursney's wife, Jessica DeVoursney, who was a science teacher and the team's academic advisor to the athletes, also resigned.
None of the allegations stem from this past season, which ended with a 15-0 record and the school's first state title in 25 years
"At some point you have to believe who you are, and what you can do," Laws said. "There comes that moment when you have to test yourself to see if you have what it takes."
And that moment is now for Laws, who had successful stints at rebuilding and building programs at Mount Zion and Drew high schools.
"What I've learned since being around Griffin is that it's not about me, but it's all about the "G"," Laws said. "I look forward to the next phase in my coaching career."
In 2009, Laws was named the coach and athletic director at Drew, which had just opened.
In five seasons at the school, he compiled a 20-27 record, and led them to the Class AAA playoffs in 2011.
In two seasons at Mount Zion, he rebuilt the program and finished 8-5 in 2008, and led the Bulldogs to the Class AAAA quarterfinals.
He has an overall record of 31-39 during his seven-year head coaching career in Georgia. Laws is originally from Florida. DeVoursney was 128-35 in 13 seasons at Griffin.
His teams reached the state semifinals in 2005, 2008 and 2009 before winning Class AAAA with several talented players on the roster.
"I've felt extremely blessed to be considered for a job like this," Laws said. "It is like a dream job. The opportunity that I have at Griffin has some deep cultural and professional opportunities. This will be the first job I've had that I don't have to go in and fix a program. I just have to maintain the state of excellence of the program."
Laws will get his first look at the team when the Bears hold spring drills starting May 19. He will be joined on the staff by Drew offensive coordinator Jamie Aull, who will have the same position at Griffin.
Aull also served as head coach at Mount Zion prior to joining the Drew staff two years ago.
Also moving over from Drew is offensive line coach Maurice Dixon. Former Henry County High coach Mike Rozier will serve as co-defensive coordinator on the staff.