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Collins Hill athletic director Wallace retires

Collins Hill's Roland Wallace announced his retirement as athletic director on Friday.

It didn't take long for the school to name a replacement. Meadowcreek assistant principal Jason Dopson will assume the athletic director duties next school year.

"I have enjoyed my 31 years in public education," Wallace said. "The rewards of watching students learn, grow and excel to new heights in the classroom and on the playing fields are beyond words. Public education is the backbone and future of this country."

Roland spent the last seven years as an assistant principal and athletic director at Collins Hill. During that time he guided the program to local and national success.

The Eagles won 26 state championships during that time and 40 region titles.

Collins Hill claimed the GADA Class AAAAA Director's Cup, which goes to the school whose athletic teams score the most points in state playoff competitions, during the 2005-06 and 2009-10 school years.

Sports Illustrated named Collins Hill the No. 7 program in the nation for the 2008-09 school year and No. 9 in 2006-07.

"We have been very successful over the last several years," Wallace said. "We have a tremendous coaching staff, feeder program, and supportive community which together will allow the extracurricular programs to continue to experience success in the years to come."

Dopson is no stranger to being an AD. He spent five years in the position at Meadowcreek before becoming an assistant principal this school year.

"I feel extremely honored to follow in the footsteps of Roland and hope to continue the excellence and tradition that he and the Collins Hill coaches have established," Dopson said. "I feel that my job will be to support the coaches and give them all the tools and resources they need to compete on a state and national level. They have been doing things extremely well for several years and I hope to continue what Roland, Mr. (Glenn) McFall and the coaches have accomplished."

Collins Hill will be the third school with a new athletic director next school year. Shiloh's Wayne Collett resigned and Peachtree Ridge's Bill Holleman retired. Peachtree Ridge named administrator Jon Weyher as Holleman's replacement.