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Hobbs leaves North to take head job at Shiloh

It was one of the toughest conversations Troy Hobbs has ever had with anyone.

The North Gwinnett football assistant coach sat in head coach Bob Sphire's office last week, telling his friend and mentor he was leaving.

"I've been with Bob for 16 years," Hobbs said.

The duo spent the last six years together at North where the Bulldogs have become a state power.

Hobbs will take that experience to Shiloh where he accepted the head coaching job on Monday. It will be the first head coaching job for the 41-year-old Hobbs.

"I'm going from a tough region to go be a head coaching in another tough region. You have to come ready to work every day," 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 is a 1989 grad of Miami Southridge Senior High School. He played college football at the University of Kentucky under current Georgia State head coach Bill Curry.

Hobbs' first coaching job was with Lexington (Ky.) Catholic, where he first worked with Sphire and they won the 2005 state championship.

Hobbs moved to Georgia in 2006 with Sphire and helped mold the Bulldogs into a state contender.

North went 11-2 the first year and reached the state championship game the following season. The Bulldogs won 10 or more games every year and compiled a 67-11 record, which includes the last three Region 7-AAAAA state championships.

As the receivers coach/special teams coordinator, Hobbs had six of his position players go on to play college football. The group includes Ryan McDaniel, who set a then county record for receptions with 69 in 2006.

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