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Cronic preparing for third year as Mercer Head Coach

  • By Rob Grubbs
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  • Aug. 05, 2022 - 7:28 PM

Cronic preparing for third year as Mercer Head Coach

Mercer Athletics

Former East Coweta Indian Drew Cronic is about to start his third season as the head coach for the Mercer Bears.

Former East Coweta quarterback Drew Cronic is gearing up for his third campaign as the head coach for the Mercer Bears.

The Bears participated in the Southern Conference Media Days on Thursday before the 2022 season.

In Coach Cronic’s second season, the Bears finished 7-3 and were second in the Southern Conference. The 2022 preseason media poll picked the Bears to finish second again, tied with East Tennessee State University. Chattanooga was picked as the conference favorite.

After graduating from East Coweta, where he played quarterback for his father, Danny, Cronic went on to a four-year career at the University of Georgia. He served multiple roles, including wide receiver and the holder for place kicks.

Coincidentally, he was the holder for then Georgia kicker and current East Coweta athletic director, Hap Hines.

After his playing career, Cronic started his coaching career as an assistant at West Georgia in 1988. Other assistant coaching stops included James Madison, Furman and Reinhardt.

He became the head coach at Reinhardt in 2015 and won 21 games in just two seasons. He had similar success in two seasons as head coach at Lenoir Rhyne, where he won 25. Overall, his career head coaching record is 59-15.

On Thursday, he shared about his upcoming team, “Our coaches have done a great job bringing in the right guys. I have faith in our kids. They do things the right way.”

The 2022 Mercer roster has a distinct Coweta County flavor to it. Defensive back Kenyatta Ward, receiver Reid Brass and linebacker Tripp Slaton all attended Newnan High School, quarterback Daniel Schoch went to East Coweta, linebacker Christian Hanson went to Trinity Christian and defensive lineman Vinny Carnazzo went to The Heritage School.

The Bears open the 2022 season at home on Aug. 27 against Morehead State. Their schedule includes a road game against SEC opponent Auburn on Sept. 3.

Last year, Cronic took his Bears to Bryant-Denny Stadium to play the Alabama Crimson Tide. Although they lost 48-14 to the defending champions, they conducted themselves better than many of the Tide's other SEC opponents.

For Cronic, East Coweta is still a special place. He said, “Every time I pull into Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium, I get that feeling of my time here with my dad.”

He is making Mercer's home field, Five Star Stadium, special as well.