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North assistant accepts head football job at Shiloh

Troy Hobbs is aware of the recent head coaching turnover with Shiloh's football program.

He's also seen the potential the school has with its academics and athletics.

Hobbs plans to give the program some much-needed stability as he tries to build the team into a contender.

The former North Gwinnett assistant coach accepted the job to be Shiloh's new head coach on Monday. The hire won't become official until approved by the Gwinnett County Board of Eduction.

"I know where it's been and where it could be," Hobbs said. "It's going to take some work to get it done. We will compete. I'm not going to say we will win right away, but we will compete."

Hobbs replaces Brian Montgomery, who resigned in April after an investigation into recruitment violations. Montgomery was 2-8 in his only season as the Generals' head coach.

Hobbs will be the third coach in as many seasons for Shiloh.

"I wouldn't have taken the job if I was going there to build my resume," Hobbs said. "I want to be in the program, with the kids and in the community."

Shiloh hasn't had a winning season since 2003 when it went 6-5 to reach the playoffs. Hobbs will try to build a program that competes in the same region as Brookwood and Grayson, the last two Class AAAAA state champions.

"I'm going from a tough region to go be a head coach in another tough region. You have to come ready to work everyday," Hobbs said. "You want to play against the best. We're not a championship caliber team yet, but we are going to work to get to that point."

Hobbs spent the last six years at North as the wide receiver coach for head coach Bob Sphire. During that time, the Bulldogs were 67-11, winning more than 10 games each season and the last three Region 7-AAAAA titles. North played for the Class AAAAA state championship in 2007.

North is in the middle of its spring practice and will hold its spring game on Saturday. Hobbs said he doesn't plan to coach at North this week, so he can begin preparation for Shiloh's spring practice.

"I love that place. It was really, really hard," Hobbs said.

Comments

BlackandSilver 1 year, 11 months ago

Coach Hobbs has been with a highly successful AAAAA Gwinnett Co program at NG and will bring a great offensive mind to the Shiloh football program. His passsion for the game and the kidsthat he coaches is apparent when you speak with him and he does things with character and class. A great hire for Shiloh!

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Gary 1 year, 11 months ago

Congratulations, Coach Hobbs, on your accepting the position of head football coach Mike at Shiloh High School! Your abilities and your passion for dealing with student athletes will make you successful at Shiloh, as you were at North Gwinnett High School. In addition to being an assistant football coach, who played an important role in making the Bulldogs football program very successful, you were also the head coach for the North Gwinnett High School boys' track and field program, which also has greatly improved. Your smiling face, your winning personality and your cool confidence made you easy to work with, as you convinced others, that they could do what they previously didn't think they could. You will definitely be missed at North Gwinnett High School, as you well know. Soon, the people at Shiloh High School will realize how fortunate they are to have a man of your character and abilities on their faculty. Good luck, Coach Hobbs! Thank you for so much!

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