Dacula’s new head baseball coach should be plenty familiar with Gwinnett County and Dacula specifically.
Scott Gaffney, who was introduced to the Falcons’ players as their new coach Monday, has a long history in the county.
That history includes his days as a player and later assistant coach at Greater Atlanta Christian, as well as two stints as a coach at Hebron Christian Academy, located just down the street from Dacula High School.
“I’m thrilled to be head coach of the Dacula Falcons,” the current assistant coach at Flowery Branch High School said when reached Tuesday afternoon. “It was an easy decision for me since my first meeting with (Dacula principal) Dr. (Bryan) Long and hearing his vision for Dacula and knowing (athletics director) Mark Karen’s expectations for excellence.
“I’m familiar with Dacula and I love their tradition and love the town environment and I love the high level of competition.”
The 32-year-old Gaffney knows plenty about a high level of competition.
In addition to his high school career, which included being a two-time All-County centerfielder for the Spartans in high school, he went on to play collegiately at Georgia Perimeter College and Columbus State University before entering a career in coaching.
And in addition to coaching stops at GAC, Hebron, Winder-Barrow and Flowery Branch — including being the head coach for Hebron’s first GHSA varsity team in 2006 — Gaffney also has seven years of experience as an associate scout with the Kansas City Royals organization, a position he will continue to hold as he takes over at Dacula.
“I can’t say enough about player development,” Gaffney said. “No doubt, it will help with college and pro recruiting and get our kids exposure and hopefully raise some community support.”
However, while Gaffney says his professional connections could help get some players noticed, he is more concerned with continuing the strong play in rugged Region 8-AAAAAA the Falcons have shown under outgoing coach John Poitevint, who announced his retirement after 10 years at Dacula last month.
“I want the kids hungry, showing plenty of positive energy and ready to work hard,” Gaffney said. “There’s a good nucleus of young players (at Dacula). If we can augment that nucleus (with depth), we can have immediate success.”