Youngblood out after lone season at South Cobb
by Carlton D. White
February 21, 2014 04:02 AM | 6920 views | 7 7 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a 3-7 mark in what turned out to be his lone season at South Cobb, Michael Youngblood submitted his resignation as the school's football coach.
<BR>Staff file photo
After a 3-7 mark in what turned out to be his lone season at South Cobb, Michael Youngblood submitted his resignation as the school's football coach.
Staff file photo
Less than a year after taking over head-coaching duties for South Cobb’s football program, Michael Youngblood resigned.

The news came as a shock to South Cobb athletic director Isaac Kelly, who expects to have a new coach in place before the start of spring football practice in late April.

“I can’t speak as to why (Youngblood) decided to resign,” Kelly said. “That’s something you’ll have to ask him. Of course, when he turned in his resignation, you really don’t question his reason why.

“I do not recall the exact date when he resigned. He turned it into the principal, and when I got the news, I think we both were a little shocked — for (principal Ashley Hosey) when he received it and for me when I heard the news.”

Youngblood was hired to replace former South Cobb coach Ed Koester last March, coming to Austell after three years as the defensive coordinator at Burke County High School in Waynesboro.

Youngblood helped his alma mater to the Class AAA state championship in 2011. He was also on the staff at Tucker when it won the Class AAAA title in 2008.

South Cobb was Youngblood’s second head-coaching job, and it lasted just as long as his first. He led Dunwoody to a 7-5 record in 2009, but he was fired following the season, with published reports crediting the move to a disagreement with school administrators.

Youngblood didn’t have as much success in his lone season at South Cobb, guiding the Eagles to a 3-7 mark.

South Cobb lost its first two games, only to begin Region 4AAAAAA play with victories over Kennesaw Mountain and Campbell. The Eagles fell into trouble, however, against many of the other region teams, resulting in a five-game losing streak before a season-ending victory over rival Pebblebrook.

“I think that it was tough coming in after coach Koester had three straight winning seasons,” Isaac said in evaluating Youngblood’s season. “But, at the same time, he came in and had a new offense and a new defense.

“I think that we felt solid moving forward going into next year. This year, we had a strong group of players and, of course, things didn’t work out. Whenever you have a season that’s 3-7, it’s not a successful season, but you have different things to pick up on for those areas of improvement.”

Kelly said the position has been open for about a week, and it will stay open for about a month.

At that time, the administration will screen the applicants and a panel of South Cobb officials will bring select candidates in for interviews.

“We’ll do those interviews and probably bring two to three back for second interviews,” Kelly said. “Hopefully, by that time, we’ll have solid backing for selecting South Cobb’s next coach.”

Kelly said the school has received anywhere from 25 to 30 resumes, and he’s confident the administration will have a solid pool of candidates to look over.

With South Cobb moving into a new region alignment over the next two years, Kelly viewed this as an opportunity at a new beginning for the Eagles’ program. South Cobb will be in a new Region 3AAAAAA, with county rivals Campbell and Pebblebrook, along with five other programs from south and west of Atlanta.

“We felt very good going into next year,” Kelly said, “and moving to a new region and getting a fresh start on things will be positive for us.”
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Jerry J
March 04, 2014
Coach loved us and made us tough! He exposed us to camps and different schools that never would have knowed that we existed! I'm going where my coach goes and I don't care if I have to sit out a year!
This sad county
March 06, 2014
Its good that the real kids recognize what was good for them, but these awful parents (single moms) mad at the world cause their children dads aint nowhere around. SO as soon as someone tries to make there children better they go crying and complaining. Bet there children barely passing who complained. THey think their children are GODs gift to the world but they have has some serious disappointments coming. GOd could have came down from the sky and taught those kids football and they still would have not made it. when those parents attitude change then the kids might have a chance.
Neysa B
March 02, 2014
After speaking to my son a Student/Athlete who is 4th in his class and currently attends South Cobb High School, he wanted me to post "just protect my coach" enough said. He was able to give my son exposure to schools like GT and Yale. I can't say that Coach Koestner did the same thing. I am upset, angry and sad. These kids deserve better. As a parent and Taxpayer I feel like the Alumni of South Cobb High School former Govenor Roy Barnes needs to use his influence to obtain a Coach that will leave a legacy like Coach Kelley did for Bsketball at South Cobb High School.
Coach antics
February 22, 2014
Trust me. Youngblood ran himself off with his actions towards the boys.
February 21, 2014
Nice job, Ashley Hosey. You have single-handedly run off 2 really good men. You screwed up royally last year when you fired Ed Koester and you will never be able to find a coach as good as him. The guy even drove from Ballground, GA every day to teach and mentor those young men. Coach Youngblood went in blind but was enlightened immediately to the huge mess, that is South Cobb High School.
March 02, 2014
First off...I totally agree with you concerning Coach Koester! That being said, you should never comment on things in which you don't know. This clown YB was given the ultimatum to resign or get which he chose the latter. Hoseys hands were tied, after an in depth investigation by CCSD was concluded. The ball players at that school could not stand him period. Coachantics hit it right on the head in the comment he/she left. You wouldn't believe some of the things that we're going on in that program under this CLOWN.
Don't Bash Hosey
March 18, 2014
Um, where in this did it say Hosey was to blame. I've heard several of the other coaches say they didn't think he was good for the boys, not to mention several of the boys say they were glad to see him go. Exposing them might of been a good thing, but not if the boys didn't want him around. Everybody has to work together, and if a coach isn't liked by the boys, then the coach needs to go. Simple as that.
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