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Hounds choose Warner Robins’ Chastain as new football coach

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The Greyhounds wasted no time finding a new head football coach, and as promised, he is a proven winner.

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Mike Chastain, who has taken the Warner Robins Demons to the Class 5A state championship game the last two seasons, agreed Wednesday to take the job at Jones County, just two days after Justin Rogers was confirmed as the coach at Colquitt County.

Chastain’s hiring must be confirmed by the Jones County Board of Education, and a called meeting has been scheduled for Friday morning to do so.

Chastain was 29-12 in three seasons as head coach at Warner Robins. The Demons were 3-8 in his first season in 2016, but they went 14-1 in 2017, losing to Rome in the state title game, and this past season they were 12-3, losing to Bainbridge in the championship game.

Jones County athletic director Barry Veal announced the hiring to the Jones County football team at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday.

Veal said he called Chastain Tuesday to see if he was interested in the job, and Chastain agreed to come to Gray for an interview Wednesday morning. After being offered the job and agreeing to take it, Chastain asked to have time to go back to Warner Robins to tell his players there he was leaving.

“He met with them at 2 p.m., so we met with our guys right after that to tell them,” Veal said.

Veal told the Jones County players that school officials had promised to hire the best replacement possible for Rogers, and he said they had done so.

“If you think of the top football coaches in Middle Georgia, he is at the top of the list with just a couple of others. He has coached in winning programs and will have the same offense we have been running here. We’ve hit a home run getting him.”

Chastain was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Von Lassiter at Houston County High School and coached now Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm through his junior season in high school.

Chastain became head coach at Warner Robins in 2016 after Bryan Way retired.

Fromm’s younger twin brothers, quarterback Dylan and tight end Tyler, played under Chastain at Warner Robins. They were seniors this past season. Dylan Fromm signed with Mercer, and Tyler Fromm signed with Auburn.

Veal said Chastain was told he could choose his offensive and defensive coordinators, but no decisions have been made.

“He may bring coaches with him, or he may choose someone already here or somewhere else. We don’t know yet,” Veal said.

Veal said some of Jones County’s assistants may go to Colquitt with Rogers, but he believes most will stay in Gray.

See next week’s edition for more information.