Source: Hidalgo leaving Walton
by John Bednarowski
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April 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 8121 views | 8 8 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After nearly two decades at Walton, including the last five as the Raiders’ head coach, Rocky Hidalgo is set to leave for the same position at Glynn Academy in Brunswick.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
After nearly two decades at Walton, including the last five as the Raiders’ head coach, Rocky Hidalgo is set to leave for the same position at Glynn Academy in Brunswick.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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Walton needs a new football coach.

Rocky Hidalgo, who led the Raiders to the brink of a state championship in 2011, has accepted the head-coaching position at Glynn Academy in Brunswick.

The story was first reported by Score Atlanta.

Hidalgo could not be reached for comment, but a source close to the situation confirmed the move to the MDJ. The source said that longtime Walton assistant Tripp Allen will also be leaving the east Cobb school.

Hidalgo has spent the last 18 years at Walton, the first 13 of which were as an assistant for former Raiders coach Ed Dudley.

After Dudley left for Ware County in 2009, Hidalgo took the reins and led the Raiders to a 40-18 record and a region championship. Walton finished 6-5 in 2013, finishing as the third seed from Region 5AAAAAA and losing to Collins Hill in the first round of the playoffs

At Glynn Academy, Hidalgo replaces Rob Ridings, who left earlier this month to take the position at Thomson.

Allen, who spent 15 years at Walton, will be leaving for Carrollton. He will be reunited with Dudley, who was hired as the Trojans’ head coach in February.

For years, Walton’s varsity football staff was seen as a model of stability. Hidalgo and Allen joined Joe Goydish, Shane Amos, John Evans, Jeff Imperial, Mike Davidson, Bill Bellus and Rob Nichols as mainstays of the Raiders’ program since at least 2002.

But with Hidalgo and Allen leaving, it’s less clear who will become the ninth coach in Walton history, and just the third since 1995.

One candidate could be East Paulding coach Chuck Goddard. The former Walton defensive coordinator left the Raiders’ program following the 2011 season, and has since led East Paulding to a 19-5 record and a region championship in his two years.

Current defensive coordinator Chris Stewart may also be considered. Though he has only been at Walton for two years, he has been a coach for 14, including four years as assistant head coach at Sprayberry from 2008-11.
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Sound The Trumpets
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May 21, 2014
Now that Rocky is gone when is the going away party?
Downward Spiral
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April 25, 2014
Is Tyren going with him?
Greg H
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April 25, 2014
I am so glad to see Hidalgo leave Cobb County. In my opinion he ruined youth football in Cobb County by dismantling the East Cobb Vikings and the former NGYFL. Thanks for nothing.
Mike K
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April 27, 2014
It was after a terrible face-to-face meeting with Rocky that we left to go to Lassiter. What a GREAT decision it was! We also loved the East Cobb Vikings!
Jeff A. Taylor
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April 24, 2014
Let's flash back to Rocky less than a year ago:

..."I am saddened at the state of affairs in our school district and by the treatment of my peers," said Walton teacher Rocky Hidalgo, who is also the school's head football coach.

Hidalgo, who has been at Walton for 17 years and has two children enrolled in the Cobb district, strongly denounced district leadership and panned a proposed "strawman" program that could shift as many as 25 percent of all Cobb school district teaching positions to lower-paid online jobs by 2018 to cut costs.

"We are at the breaking point," Hidalgo told school board members, who sat silent during the 30-minute hearing. "I don't think you understand the groundswell" of frustration from teachers. ..."

Rocky was a part of a successful internal Cobb effort to nuke 21st c. online teaching spots in favor of a status quo, brick and mortar teaching regime. So 1970s. And now he is off to semi-retire at the beach. Guess he got plenty from Cobb taxpayers over the years.

Let's get this straight: MUCH learning should be location-independent going forward. If that means one online teacher handling 60 kids, fine. But retrograde feather-bedding leads us no where -- except to the beach, if you are an insider.
retiringat41
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April 25, 2014
Well didn't you just show your ignorance. Do you want YOUR child taking online classes because I sure don't. Remind everyone what Rocky's role was during his 'part of a successful internal Cobb effort to nuke 21st century online teaching spots.' And if he was involved, remind me to send him a thank you note.

Your next silly statement was stating that Rocky is now off to semi retire at the beach. That might be hard to do since he's only 41 years old. Plus, he may be just a little busy preparing his team to play AAAAA football.
hey1234
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April 24, 2014
Former Sequoyah and Lambert coach Sid Maxwell might be the guy.
nowingt
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April 24, 2014
I don't think you'll see Walton go back to a Wing-T guy. Pro-style has been a Walton staple for 20 years.
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