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Godfree returns to lead Parkview football

Eric Godfree

Eric Godfree

Parkview turned to one of its former players to find its next football coach.

Loganville’s Eric Godfree, a 1994 Parkview grad, has accepted the Panthers’ new head coaching job.

“Parkview has a long standing of excellence in the classroom,” Godfree said. “Of course I played at Parkview and then coached and taught there after college. Parkview has the whole community aspect and has been close to my heart.”

Godfree’s hiring will not become official until its approved by the Gwinnett County Board of Education next month.

“The committee interviewed seven people. We had over 150 resumes,” Parkview athletic director Mark Whitley said. “We have made a choice.

“That choice has been sent to the board of education and once approved Parkview will make an announcement.”

Godfree spent 10 years as Loganville’s head coach, compiling a 53-50 record with three playoff appearances. His most successful season was in 2008 when the Red Devils went 9-2 and won the Region 8-AAAA championship.

Loganville defeated eventual state champion Gainesville 46-41 in 2012 and was 5-5 in 2013, missing the playoffs by one game.

Prior to taking the Loganville job, Godfree was an assistant at Parkview from 1999-03. He helped the Panthers win three-straight state championships from 2000-02 and a then state record 46-game winning streak.

“Having won three straight championship, that’s hard to replicate,” Godfree said. “But the whole idea of being a state contender, yes, I do believe Parkview can get to be in the mix.”

Godfree replaces Cecil Flowe, who spent 21 years as the head coach at Parkview from 1993-2013. Flowe retired from public schools in December, but took a job as the defensive coordinator at Alpharetta private school King’s Ridge in January.

“To follow a guy like Cecil and the record he’s had, if we can do half of what he’s done we’ll be super successful,” Godfree said. “He’s been a great mentor.”

Godfree’s senior season was Flowe’s first as head coach. The former tight end was also a Gwinnett County wrestling champion in 1994 and placed fourth at the state tournament.

Godfree signed a football scholarship with Presbyterian College and was a three-year starter at tight end.

Godfree, who coached quarterbacks at Loganville, plans to run an uptempo no huddle offense. Parkview was 3-7 last season, its worst record since 1991. However, Godfree points out the team reached the quarterfinals two years ago.

“I don’t believe it’s all broke over there,” Godfree said. “It has a lot of potential.”

THE GODFREE FILE

Name: Eric Godfree

New position: Head football coach at Parkview

Former position: Head football coach at Loganville

Age: 37

Career record: 53-50

Education: Graduated from Parkview in 1994, graduated from Presbyterian College in 1999 with a degree in mathematics

Background: Played football at Parkview from 1990-93, helping the Panthers to back-to-back winning seasons as a junior and senior; signed with Presbyterian College where he was a three-year starter at tight end; spent five years as an assistant at Parkview, helping the Panthers to three-straight state titles and than state record 46-game winning streak; spent the last 10 years at Loganville, leading the Red Devils to three straight playoff appearances from 2008-10

Family: Wife Jenell; daughters Jordan, 11, and Brooke, 8, and son Jacob, 5