Tucker coach Franklin Stephens has taken the head coaching job at Lamar County in Barnesville, south of Atlanta. Lamar County had its best season in school history last season at 12-1 and has qualified for the state playoffs three straight years.
Stephens is the fifth DeKalb County School District football coach to leave since the end of last season. A former assistant coach at Camden County, Stephens held his first head coaching position at Tucker. He was 64-6 in five seasons with two state championships. He brought the school its first state football championship in 2008 and followed up with another state title in 2011.
News of the move hit Stephens’ Facebook page late on March 7. Jonathan Vaughters, father of former linebacker James Vaughters, who is now a freshman at Stanford, wrote “Congratulations Coach Franklin Stephens! Glad to see a great coach, good man and a good friend get a great, new opportunity! Thanks for your commitment, passion and leadership over the last 5 years. 2 Championships and 64-6. Unbelievable!”
Also, former Henry County coach Mike Rozier has been hired to replace interim coach Marcus Mitchell at Lakeside and Marcus 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.
There are two other head football coach vacancies in DeKalb County. Columbia is searching to replace Mario Allen, who took the head football coaching job at Rockdale County, and Redan is searching to replace Clinton Lawrence.