By CHRIS GOLTERMANN, CowetaScore.com
Northgate High hopes to have a candidate to become its next head football coach ready to present to the Coweta County Board of Education by the time it meets again on March 14.
Kesley Dalrymple resigned last month after leading Northgate to a 6-4 record in his only season as head coach after being part of a staff that guided the Vikings to 52 wins in seven years under Tommy Walburn.
“The good far outweighs the bad,” Dalrymple said on Friday. “I really do appreciate the people here at Northgate. They’ve been good to me. There a lot of good people, great kids and great teachers here. This school will always be a part of me.”
High School Principal Ken Kesselring expects to hold final interviews early next week following Dalrymple’s resignation last month. A job listing appeared on the Coweta County School System website on Feb. 16, with the application period closing on Friday.
It comes at a time when some schools are already holding workout sessions for players and most head coaching jobs have been filled for the upcoming season. It’s one reason why the number of appli- cants may be lower than last year following Walburn’s retirement.
The program lost multiple players last year to transfers, two of which enrolled at Trinity Christian. At least two more had been reported to be leaving prior to Dalrymple’s resignation according to sources outside the school.
“We’re going to hold interviews through late next week and then hopefully the next week have a coach in place,” Kesselring said. “I do not think it’s the same number of candidates that we had last year. But I can say there are a lot of good candidates in the state and out of the state.
Dalrymple, who was promoted from his previous offensive coordinator position, led Northgate to a 6-4 record in 2017, missing the Class 6A state playoffs by way of a three-way tiebreaker for third and fourth place.
He’s been involved in the most successful four-year stretch in program history, one where the Vikings have racked up a 33-13 record (.702) and included with a trip to the state semifinals under predecessor Tommy Walburn in 2015.
“I’ve been very fortunate to coach a lot of great football players during my time here,” Dalrymple said. “We’ve had a lot of great wins here. I give a lot of the credit to the players and the coaches. The assistants we have don’t get enough credit. I’m also indebted to Coach Walburn, [athletic director] Dr. [Eric] Fiske, Vince Bass and our superinten- dent [Steve Barker] for the opportunity to coach here. I can say it’s been a very positive experience in my life.”
Dalrymple said he and his wife, who have three young children, are still deciding on their future.
“My wife and I are praying about it right now,” he said.