Four-time state championship winning coach Jeff Herron has been hired at Grayson in Georgia.
Herron goes to Grayson after three seasons as the head coach at Prince Avenue Christian school.
“It was too much of a good opportunity, too exciting and too much of a challenge for me to say no to,” Herron said.
“We’re thrilled to have someone with the caliber of Coach Herron to lead us here at Ram Nation,” Grayson’s Athletic Director Brian DeBerry said. “He’s a guy that’s success on the field speaks for itself.”
Herron’s title were with Camden County and Oconee County prior to coaching at Prince Avenue Christian. Herron loved it at Prince Avenue, calling it “a fresh of breath air.” At Prince Avenue, he was 31-6 and sent all three teams he coached to the playoffs.
That is precisely why DeBerry said he brought Herron to Grayson.
“Bottom line, he’s a winner,” he said. “We think he’s a tremendous leader of men, and one that’s going to put us in the hunt on a yearly basis for a state championship.”
He replaced Mickey Conn, who left to join his former college teammate and roommate Dabo Swinney at Clemson. Conn helped launch the football program at Grayson in 2000 and has seen the team gradually grow to a state power. The Rams have won 10 or more games in eight of the past nine seasons and have developed nationally top-rated prospects, including former No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche. In 16 seasons, Conn finished with a career coaching mark of 137-48.
Herron met the coaches and athletes at Grayson Thursday and told them the goal was to win a title, but it is not going to happen just by him taking over.
“They have a lot of talent, but talent alone won’t win a state championship,” he said stressing they all would need to come together on a unified goal. “One person is not going to make that much a difference, whether it’s me or a player.”
Herron is not worried about going to from A to 6A. He has plenty of experience with big programs. The real challenge is in Grayson’s schedule. Herron’s debut will come against IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) on Aug. 26, followed by games at McEachern (Power Springs, Ga.), and then at home against Deerfield Beach (Fla.) and Ramsay (Ala.). The team also play at Hoover (Ala.) on Oct. 28.
“It really is extremely difficult,” Herron said pointing out Deerfield Beach as probably the Ram’s toughest opponent the Rams will face.
Herron and the Rams kick off their 2016 season with IMG Academy from Florida on Aug. 26.