Grayson girls basketball coach resigns

With the tremendous growth of Gwinnett County, particularly the area near his school, Grayson girls basketball coach David Dowse no longer felt like he was living in a small town.

Dowse said he wanted that small town feeling, which is why the girls basketball coach resigned from his coaching and teaching duties on Wednesday.

"It's nothing against Grayson or Gwinnett County," Dowse said. "My experience here was great, but me and my wife decided we wanted to live in a smaller town, so we could downsize a bit."

Dowse and his wife Shelly, who also teaches at Grayson, have accepted teaching jobs at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, a Class AAAA school.

In his six years at Grayson, Dowse was an assistant girls basketball coach for two years and the head coach the last four. As the Rams' head coach, Dowse compiled a 59-52 record, which included four state tournament appearances.

Grayson finished with a 12-17 record last season and a surprising win over Parkview in the region tournament that put the Rams in the state playoffs. They lost to eventual state champion Collins Hill in the first round.

"Whoever is fortunate to take the job will get to work with a great bunch of kids," Dowse said. "Not only great basketball players, but great people."