Gordon Central head coach Chad Fisher will be taking over the same position at LaFayette after the Walker County School Board approved the move at a meeting on Tuesday night.
“This was just a great opportunity to go and try to compete in a higher classification, and it was the best situation for my family,” said Fisher. “When it presented itself, I talked a lot about it with my family, and we just thought it was the best decision for us.”
Fisher has spent the last six years at Gordon Central, compiling a 28-34 record overall with the last two seasons being his best with the Warriors. The team finished 7-4 in 2011 and 8-3 in 2012 with both resulting in playoff appearances.
“I think we’ve are leaving the program in better shape than it was when I got here,” said Fisher. “We’ve had great support from the school system, the teachers, the community, really everyone that’s been involved, and I’m thankful for that.
“I really enjoyed my time here, and I feel like we’ve given (Gordon Central) an opportunity to continue to be able to compete and have success.”
Fisher met with his team at Gordon Central this morning to inform them of the move. He said it was a tough thing to do, but hopefully the players got the message he wanted to get across to them.
“I just let them know that I’ve really enjoyed being around them over the past few year, and I care for each one of them,” said Fisher. “I wished them success and let them know they will always have a special place in my heart.”
Fisher previously coached at both Mars Hill and Tusculum. He spent a year at Ringgold High School and five as an assistant at Wheeler High School in Marietta before taking over at Gordon Central.
Gordon Central Athletic Director Scott Cullifer said it was tough to hear that Fisher was leaving the Warriors, but that’s just part of the coaching business sometimes.
“He’s been very successful here, and we’re all proud of what he’s accomplished,” said Cullifer. “We all have to make career decisions at some point. You always hate to see people go, but that happens sometimes.
“We’re still excited about where this program is going.”
Cullifer said the process for hiring a new coach would begin almost immediately.
“Officially, the job is posted, and we expect to have a lot of good candidates because it’s a really good job,” said Cullifer. “We don’t really have a set criteria for what kind of coach we want. We’re just looking for the best person for Gordon Central.
“We want to find a person that fits here and be able to build on the program that’s already in place.”
A native of Florida, Fisher played football for and graduated from Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He later received his Master’s in Education degree from Tusculum University and an Educational Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
Fisher said he is looking forward to the opportunity in front of him at LaFayette.
“It’s a great opportunity, and I’m anxious to see what we can do there,” said Fisher. “They’ve got great support and have had success in the past. I’m just anxious to start.”
Fisher said all the details haven’t been worked out just yet about a start date at LaFayette, but he will more than likely finish out his teaching contract at Gordon Central this semester.