Lakeside and Chamblee recently hired two new head football coaches.
Former Henry County head coach Mike Rozier replaces interim coach Marcus Mitchell at Lakeside. Rozier spent 11 seasons at Henry County where he compiled a 51-67 record. However, he led the Warhawks to the playoffs in each of the past five seasons and compiled a 40-18 record during that span. Before Rozier’s arrival, Henry County had never made back-to-back playoff appearances in the 50-plus-year history of the football program.
Rozier is Lakeside’s fifth head football coach since 2006. Only one coach (Bill Harris from 2001-05) has stayed at Lakeside more than three years since Phil Lindsay retired in 1997. Lindsay led the Vikings to their last state football title, a co-championship with Kendrick in 1991 after a 14-14 tie. The Vikings’ last appearance in a state title game was 1996, when they lost to Thomas County Central.
Lakeside’s last winning season came in 2003 under Harris, at 6-4. However, the Vikings are 14-66 in the eight seasons since.
Allen Johnson has been hired to replace James Soza at Chamblee. Johnson was an assistant with the Bulldogs last season and this will be his first head coaching job.
Soza was 6-14 in two seasons with the Bulldogs and was released in December. The Bulldogs had only one losing season in eight years before Soza’s arrival.
There are two other head football coach vacancies in DeKalb County. Columbia is searching to replace Mario Allen, who recently took the head football coaching job at Rockdale County and Redan is searching to replace Clinton Lawrence.