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.