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Dutchtown's Galt leaves for North Forsyth

Photo by Brian Paglia
Dutchtown coach Jason Galt and his squad will try to snap Griffin’s 26-game win streak over Henry County schools when the No. 7-ranked Bears pay a visit to Hampton today.

Photo by Brian Paglia Dutchtown coach Jason Galt and his squad will try to snap Griffin’s 26-game win streak over Henry County schools when the No. 7-ranked Bears pay a visit to Hampton today.

HAMPTON — Jason Galt, who led Dutchtown football to its only playoff appearance in school history in 2010, is the new head coach at North Forsyth in Cumming.

Galt was 36-27 in six seasons at Dutchtown, which included an 11-2 campaign that ended in the Class AAAA quarterfinals against eventual state champion Chattahoochee. The Bulldogs set a single-season record for wins by a Henry County public school since matched by Stockbridge.

The young Dutchtown program had not had a winning season when Galt took over in 2007. The Bulldogs finished 6-4 this past season, their third winning season in the past four.

"First and foremost, I'm grateful to [former Dutchtown principal] Dwala Nobles," Galt said. "She gave me my first opportunity to be a head football coach. She didn't have to do that. I was just an assistant coach, but she had faith in me.

"I came in and my whole focus was to build a program, not a team. I feel like that's what I accomplished. I feel like whoever comes in and is the next coach should have success. The mentality is there. The kids know how to win."

North Forsyth, a Class AAAAAA school that opened in 1994, hasn't won much of late. The Raiders were 3-7 under previous Blair Armstrong. Their last winning season was in 2010 when they went 7-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

But Galt was attracted to the school's potential with great facilities, a sprint turf field, large weight room and strong community and school support.

"When I interview and talked to them, I felt it was going to be a good fit for me and my family," Galt said. "It was a really tough decision, because we have some great kids at Dutchtown. But I just kind of fell in love with North Forsyth."

Galt was approved by the Forsyth County Board of Education this past Thursday. His first day at North Forsyth is March 3.