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Board approves Chastain as football coach

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It is official. Mike Chastain was unanimously approved as the Greyhounds’ new head football coach at a called Jones County Board of Education meeting Friday morning.

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Chastain replaces Justin Rogers, who left after five years with a 45-15 record to become head coach at Colquitt County High in Moultrie.

Chastain comes to Gray from Warner Robins, where he was 29-12 in three years as head coach of the Demons. Under Chastain, the Demons won the Region 1-5A title and advanced to the state Class 5A championship game each of the last two seasons.

Charles Gibson, Jones County school superintendent, said he was sad to see Rogers leave but thrilled that Chastain could be hired as the new coach.

“I would like to publicly thank Justin Rogers and his family for all they did for Jones County and wish them nothing but the best,” Gibson said. “And I am looking forward to what Coach Chastain and his family will do here. He said his faith led him to make this change, and I think he will be very good for our students and football program.”

Chastain’s first day in Jones County will be Monday, when he will meet with players and the coaching staff.

Spring practice had been scheduled to start Wednesday, but it is being put on hold until later to give the new coach time to sort out his coaching staff. He has been told he can select his own offensive and defensive coordinators, but those decisions have not been announced.

The spring football game with Peach County scheduled for May 10 has also been cancelled, Jones County athletic director Barry Veal announced. He said it is likely the Greyhounds will end spring drills with an intrasquad game.

Chastain and his wife Carrie have three children, Eli, 14, Kylie, 12, and Rex, 9. Carrie Chastain is also an educator at Warner Robins, teaching students with moderate intellectual disabilities.

Chastain is a Warner Robins native who graduated from Northside-Warner Robins and played center at the University of West Georgia, earning a degree in Health and Physical Education. He also was a student assistant coach one year at West Georgia.

His jobs before becoming Warner Robins' head coach in 2016 include one year as a community coach at Houston County, two years as Byron Middle School head coach, three years as an assistant (tight ends and tackles) at Northside-Warner Robins, two years as an assistant (offensive line/strength) at Bleckley County, two years as an assistant (quarterbacks/strength) at Peach County, two years as offensive coordinator at Lee County, two years as an assistant (quarterbacks) at Veterans, and three years as offensive coordinator at Houston County.

See next week’s print edition for more on the story.