North's Dixon leaving for Byrnes

Mo Dixon

Mo Dixon

Mo Dixon, the architect behind one of the state's top defenses, is leaving North Gwinnett.

Dixon told the football team on Wednesday that he accepted the defensive coordinator position at national power Byrnes (S.C.).

"The opportunity to be a part of the tradition rich program at Byrnes and work with another great head coach is not only exciting, it is an honor," Dixon said in a statement released by Byrnes. "Coach (Bobby) Bentley is known from coast to coast for his success on and off the field and his love for the Byrnes community is wide spread."

Dixon spent the last seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at North Gwinnett, building one of the state's top defenses. The Bulldogs won three straight region championship and were the Class AAAAA state runner-up in 2007. North recorded 14 shutouts during that span and had one of the state's top scoring defenses.

The Bulldogs also knocked off several nationally ranked teams, including Grayson, Prattville (Ala.), Crenshaw (Calif.) and East St. Louis (Ill.).

"I had a goal to find the best defensive coordinator for Byrnes High School. After talking with Mo on several occasions, I knew he would fit well with our personnel and community," Bentley said. "Mo will bring intensity and great technique to our defense."

Dixon will join a Byrnes program that has won 11 state championships and is consistently ranked in national polls.

"The administration and community set the bar high for their students and I feel that I can contribute to their vision," Dixon said. "As the son of a coach and (having) been blessed by all my experiences, I know the difference between good and great. Again it is an honor for me to coach at Byrnes High School."