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Dutchtown names Henry County OC Mark Myers as head coach

Mark Myers is the new head football coach at Dutchtown.

Mark Myers is the new head football coach at Dutchtown.

HAMPTON — Mark Myers has always wanted to be a head coach.

He had chosen the staffs and places he wanted to assist at carefully, with the thought of being in charge of a program in his mind. So, it wasn’t any surprise when the Dutchtown job opened up, Myers jumped on it.

“I’ve known that I’ve wanted this since day one when I first started coaching,” Myers said. “When I saw that the Dutchtown job was available, I just said it was time.”

On Monday, Dutchtown tabbed Meyers as its new head football coach, choosing the current Henry County High associate head coach and offensive coordinator.

Myers won the job over 100 potential candidates who applied for the coaching vacancy created when Kevin Jones departed the program in mid January after just one season at the helm.

A former McEachern High and Georgia Southern football standout, Myers also spent a year as running backs coach at his high school alma mater before joining coach Morris Starr’s staff at Henry County for the 2013 season.

As the Warhawks’ offensive coordinator, Meyers helped craft an offense that averaged close to 25 points per game, but was fairly explosive at times with two 30-plus point performances in losses to Dutchtown and Peach County, along with a 42-point performance in a win over Southwest Macon and 50-point outing in a victory over Jackson.

Warhawks head coach Morris Starr said he is confident that Meyers will be a good fit at Dutchtown.

“I think Mark will do a great job,” Starr said. “I’ve known Mark for five years now, and he’s gotten better every year. I think he has acquired the skills needed to be a good head coach, and he’s developed a lot with dealing parents and the other administrative things that go along with it all.

“There’s obviously some stuff he’ll have to learn first hand, I think, but I’m very confident in his ability to great things there.”

Myers is also aware of the learning curve. But he feels his time spent on the staffs of well-respected and successful coaches like Stockbridge’s Kevin Whitley and on the coaching staff of perennial metro Atlanta area power McEachern has prepped him well.

“I’ve been able to be in places where I’ve been real hands on with what I’ve done on these coaching staffs,” Myers said. “I’ve been able to see and do things first hand that pertains to how to run a program. A lot of times, being an assistant coach, you don’t get the chance to see these things first hand. Working with coach Whitley, at McEachern and even coach Starr has really helped me learn what it takes.”

Starr described Myers’ offense as a “multiple option.” The Warhawks basically ran a triple option style attack, but did so from Wing-T, I and Pistol formations. The Warhawks developed dual threat quarterback Marquez Souder and 1,000 yard tailback Derrick Powell.

“Mark has the ability to control the game through various formations and plays,” Starr said. “He’s a ball control guy, but he’s knowledgeable, and if he needs to go fast, then he can do that.”

Meyers was interviewed for the position by Dutchtown principal Terry Oates, Bulldogs athletic director and girls basketball coach April Tate, county AD Vicky Davis and Anthony Ford, the school council president.

Through a statement on the school’s website, Oatts stated his pleasure on the hire.

“Coach Myers was overwhelmingly the favorite in the view of the interview panelists and me,” he said.

“He is, in many respects, an ideal candidate for this assignment with respect to experience, philosophy and temperament. I am confident he can build a constructive relationship with our student-athletes and school community, and in the process, build on the prior success of our program.”