Assistants honored with increased roles

As the county's head football coaches went through practices for last year's inaugural Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game, they all were struck with a similar idea.

Since they were having so much fun, then why not include some assistant coaches? That idea passed unanimously for this year's game, bringing seven assistants onto the coaching staffs for Saturday's game at Brookwood.

The county's 18 head coaches still will be on the sidelines this weekend, but they will have a little extra help. But more than that, they just wanted some of Gwinnett's longest-tenured assistants to participate in a week of camaraderie and other fun.

"We just wanted to honor those guys and all of them have been around Gwinnett a long time," Dacula head coach Kevin Maloof said. "The lifeblood of football in this county are the assistant coaches."

Maloof's assistant, Ted Wilson, is one of the assistants involved this season. He is joined on the West team by Parkview assistant Robert Hill and Brookwood assistant Tom Jones.

The West assistant coach selections were Dale Farr of Norcross, Dicky May of Buford, Tommy Scott of Mill Creek and Larry Massey of Collins Hill.

All of those coaches are heavily involved in practices this week, as well as Saturday's game. A few assistants were involved last season, but they were used in administrative roles.

"That's one of the reasons Gwinnett County is so powerful, the assistant coaches," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. "Ask any head coach in our county and they'll brag about the assistants we have. Every school in this county has tremendous assistant coaches. The programs in Gwinnett County are all so big, we're even more dependent on the coaches around us."