(2019 Team Picture by Edge Photo Studios)
Al Morrell, Head Coach
Years Teaching & Coaching: Enters 2020-21 with 39 years in coaching, including seven at FCS.
Alma Mater: Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, Troy University and Master’s degree in Physical Education, University of Alabama.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Attended: Revolution Church
Family: Married to Laina Morrell with seven children: Curt, Daniel and Brett Morrell, Jake, Maddy, Will and Hannah Rice.
Awards, Accomplishments: Led Paladins to 2016 GHSA Class A title game. Selected as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s All State Private A Coach of the Year and Region 6A Coach of the Year in 2016. In 2012, Morrell led the Creekview Grizzlies to the 7AAAAA Sub Region Championship, averaging 35 points and 377.2 offensive yards per game. The squad held opponents to a school-record 16.2 points per contest defensively last season. Morrell was named Cherokee County Head Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Cherokee County Gridiron Hall of Fame following the 2012 campaign. Morrell was named the Cherokee County Offensive Coach of the Year in 2004 as offensive coordinator at AAAA Sequoyah High School (Canton, Ga.).
Coaching Philosophy: My philosophy is to show the kids that you care for them, love them and want them to succeed. That’s the greatest motivator for a coach. Wins and losses are important to me, but I value relationships most as a coach. The guys I have coached with are my best friends in life. Football is such a unique sport. You have to have a strong work ethic as a coach and a player. As coaches we have to share that message with the kids.
Other Important Biographical Information: Morrell has guided successful programs at five schools in the greater Atlanta area. From 1989-1992, Morrell helped Marietta High School post an unprecedented 40-0 regular-season record and earn one Sub-region title, three Region 6AAAA Championships and four state playoff appearances offensive backs coach. Morrell was named offensive coordinator at AAAA Sequoyah High School (Canton, Ga.,) in 2001 and helped the Chiefs to playoff appearances and school records for yardage, points and wins through 2005. Morrell was selected to start the football program and become head coach at the new Creekview High School in Canton, Ga., in 2005. He guided Creekview to 48-25 record and multiple state playoff appearances from 2006-12. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Wills High School in Cobb County in 1982. In 1987, Morrell was hired as the offensive backs coach at AAAAA Marietta High School (Marietta, Ga.). Morrell was hired as the offensive coordinator at AAAA Etowah High School (Woodstock, Ga.) in 1993. Within two years he helped turn a perennial losing team into a state-playoff contender. In 2001, AAAA Sequoyah High School (Canton, Ga.,) hired Morrell as offensive coordinator. He led the Chiefs to several playoff appearances and guided the squad to school records for yardage, points, and wins.
Bryon Chambers, Defensive line coach
Years Teaching & Coaching: Enters 2020-21 with 20 years in coaching, including eight at FCS.
Alma Mater: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech University, 1984; Masters of business administration, Kennesaw State University, 2013
Contact Information: email@example.com
Church Attended: Midway United Methodist Church in Alpharetta
Family: Married to Marguerite Chambers. They have four children: Christopher, Natalie, Kalin and Logan, and three grandchildren.
Awards, Accomplishments: Coaching experience includes roles as a baseball, basketball and football coach, including assistant coach with the FCS seventh- and eighth-grade football team in 2014. In 2013, Chambers served as assistant head coach for Alpharetta Black Eagles, a seventh- and eighth-grade team in the Alpharetta Youth Football League. Held various coaching positions with the football program at Creekland Middle School (feeder program for Creekview High School) from 2005-09. In 2002 and 2003, Chambers was as assistant basketball coach with the Upward program at Midway United Methodist Church. Served as assistant and head coach with the Midway Parks baseball program through the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Program from 1995-2000. From 1996-98, he served as a football assistant coach and defensive coordinator with Midway.
Other Important Biographical Information: Chambers has been in telecommunications industry since 1986, including roles with Contel Cellular, GTE, BellSouth and Cingular. He serves as Principal Product Development Engineer at AT&T, where he holds two patents. Served as Governance Board Chairman for Ivy Preparatory Academy from 2012-15. Recently completed a two-year term as Trustees School Board member at Ivy Preparatory Academy.
Tripp Durden, Assistant Coach
Gistand "Gus" Minor III, Assistant Coach
Years in teaching/coaching: Enters 2020-21 with 26 years in coaching.
Alma mater and year graduated: Nicholls State University 1979-1982.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite Bible verse: 1 Chronicles 16:8-12
Church attended: Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
Family: Single. His daughter Sidney Alexandria was born in 1996
Career awards, accomplishments, highlights, and any biographical info: Has coached at Sprayberry, Sequoyah and Lambert high schools, and at King’s Ridge Christian School and currently at Fellowship Christian School. He has spent the last seven years as a Life Coach - Behavior Specialist for Creative Community Services. Coached in the 2014 North Fulton/Forsyth All-Star Football Game.
Curt Morrell, Assistant Coach
Years in teaching/coaching: Enters 2020-21 with seven years in teaching, and six in coaching.
Alma mater and year graduated: Bachelor of Science, Education, Kennesaw State University, 2012.
Contact information: email@example.com
Favorite Bible verse: John 16:33 ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Church attended: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
Family: Married to Amanda Morrell in 2014
Career awards, accomplishments, highlights: Serves as FCS middle school golf coach.
Coaching philosophy: I believe one of the most important things I can do as a coach is build relationships with our players. This way I get to know their strengths and weaknesses and hopefully learn what motivates them best in order to get the most effort on and off the field as a Christian man. Helping them deal with, and learn from tough situations now will help them succeed when they face adversity in the future. I also believe that creating a positive atmosphere for the players and encouraging them even when things are tough is key to building those strong relationships and motivating the players to do their best no matter what. Lastly, as a Christian coach it is also important for me to lead by example and emulate my Christian walk in practice, during games, and with both fans and opponents.
Other important biographical information: Played varsity football at Sequoyah High School, where he was named Most Valuable Receiver Award (2004), Cherokee County Gridiron Club/All County Receiver (2004), Cherokee County Athlete of the Week (during 2004 season) and Sequoyah Coaches Award (2003). Helped Sequoyah notch Region Championship in 2004. Played two seasons of college football at Shorter University in Rome from 2005-06.
Tim Rice, Assistant Coach/Offensive Line
Years Teaching & Coaching: Enters 2020-21 with 40 years in coaching, including seven at FCS. Prior to joining FCS, spent four years at Stone Mountain High School, six at Forest Park High School and 21 at Etowah High School
Alma Mater: Bachelor of Science, Education, Georgia State University, 1981.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Attended: Wildwood Baptist Church
Family: Married to Dianne for 32 years, a teacher at Woodstock High School. They have two children, Matt, a teacher and coach at River Ridge High School, and Christin.
Awards, Accomplishments: Led FCS girls varsity soccer team to 2016 GHSA Class AChampionship. Was finalist for teacher of the year award at Etowah high school in 2010. One of two coaches to be inducted onto the Etowah High School “Coaches Wall of Fame” in 2012. Helped Etowah High School reach AAAAA State playoffs and notch Region 5-AAAAA championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Name GACA Assistant Coach of the Year, in 1994 (first region playoff game for Etowah). In soccer, guided Forest Park High School boys soccer state playoffs in 2013, 2009, 2008 (co-region champions). His team won 1987-88 Clayton County Championship. Led girls soccer team to 2002 Region 6AAAA runner ups and state playoffs, 2001 Region 6AAAA champions, state quarter finals (Elite Eight), a No. 8 Final State ranking in 1997-98. Led his team to Cherokee County Championship in 2000, 2001 and 2004. Named Cherokee County Coach of the Year 1997-2001.
Coaching Philosophy: I had the great fortune of being raised in a Christian home by parents who loved God and sports. My earthly father encouraged me to pursue a career in teaching and coaching, and through prayer, my heavenly Father guided me along the pathway toward his will for my life. One would probably assume that it was God’s will that I mentor young people, for He lead me to be the best coach I can be. As a coach, I have two major goals: No. 1 is to win and glorifying God’s name in doing so (Romans 11:36). My No. 2 goal is to help build players of character from the inside-out. I want to teach young men the importance and necessity of hard work in all areas of their lives. As Christian coaches, we are instructed to “train up a child in a way he should go: and when is old, he will not depart from it” -- Proverbs 22:6. My own children were raised in this manner and my previous players accordingly. Tony Dungy, former NFL coach, stated that “it’s about the journey-mine and yours-and the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave and the world can change for the better.” It is my earnest hope that, throughout my career, much of this can be said of me.
Other Important Biographical Information: Coached two high school football players who made it to the NFL level: Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buster Skrine of the Cleveland Browns.
Jake Robertson, Defensive Coordinator // Associate Athletic Director
Years in teaching coaching: Enters 2020-21 with six years in coaching, including four at FCS.
Alma Mater: Bachelor of Arts in Educational Service, Birmingham Southern College, 2013. Working towards Masters of Arts in Teaching (Special Education), Kennesaw State
Family: Married to Alexandra Robertson.
Career awards, accomplishments and highlights: Spent three years as graduate assistant coach in college. Named to All conference Defensive Team at Birmingham Southern in 2011 and 2012. Played on BSC's Conference Championship team in 2012. Was part of Reinhardt University's All Conference coaching staff in 2013.
Howie Silverman, Assistant Coach
Years Teaching & Coaching: Enters 2020-21 with 16 years in coaching, including seven at FCS.
Alma Mater: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Rhode Island, 1990; Masters, Elementary and Secondary Education-School Counseling, Liberty University, 2013.
Contact Information: email@example.com
Church Attended: Stonecreek Church
Family: Married to Lisa in 2000. They have two children: Cole and Kennedy.
Other biographical information: Worked at Millward Brown, an advertising and brand research firm, for 17 years. Served the last five years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the MB Atlanta office before leaving to pursue a career in education and coaching.
Years Teaching & Coaching:
Enters 2020-21 with seven years in teaching and coaching, all at FCS (his alma mater).
Family: Married to Lindsey. They have a son Miller and two daughters, Stella Faye and Josie. They are expecting their fourth child in November 2020.
Updated: May 28, 2020