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.