Campbell closing in on candidate
by Adam Carrington
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Campbell is about a week away from naming its new head football coach. The Spartans have been without a coach since former coach Harris Rainbow was relieved of his duties at the end of February.
Campbell is about a week away from naming its new head football coach. The Spartans have been without a coach since former coach Harris Rainbow was relieved of his duties at the end of February.
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Campbell hopes to have a new head football next week, athletics director Rudy Deveaux said Tuesday.

The school has garnered as many as 31 applicants for the position since Harris Rainbow was fired Feb. 24 after three seasons at the helm and has whittled it down to two finalists.

The names of the candidates were not disclosed.

“We’re still in the midst of it,” Deveaux said. “When we return (from spring break), we will meet with them and plan to have a decision by the end of next week.”

Campbell is in the process of naming its sixth coach in the last 10 seasons and became the third school during the offseason to search for a new football coach.

Walker is still searching for its replacement after former coach John East announced his resignation Feb. 23 to take an athletic director job out of state.

Walker athletic director Gary Blohm couldn’t be reached for comment regarding the progress of the search.

South Cobb was also on a hunt for a new coach after Michael Youngblood resigned after one season and the Eagles hired former McEachern and Hillgrove assistant coach Geoff Pastrick.

Rainbow was asked to step down despite the Spartans improving in each of his three seasons. After posting a 1-9 mark in his inaugural season in 2011, he improved to 3-7 the following year before going 4-6 in 2013.

Now it will be up to Campbell’s next hire to restore a football program that has posted a winning record just five times in the past 25 seasons. The Spartans enjoyed back-to-back winning seasons in 2006 and 2007 under Kyle Hockman before he left for McEachern the following season.

East was 15-6 in his two seasons with Walker after he came over from Whitefield Academy. The Wolverines enjoyed their second winning season in the program’s 14-year history in East’s first season in 2012 and the overall numbers grew from 30 players to 53.

The 2012 season turned out to be a historic one for the Wolverines. They went undefeated regular season and their first playoff victory before finishing with an 11-1 overall record. But Walker graduated 19 seniors from that team and had to settle for a 4-5 record last season.











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