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New Varsity Football Coach Announced
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 1/5/2018

On Jan. 5, Whitefield Athletic Director Danny Ryan announced that longtime veteran coach John Hunter will cede the reins of Whitefield’s varsity football program to Coleman Joiner, who served as Whitefield’s assistant head football coach and head JV coach this past season. Hunter will remain on the varsity football staff this coming year as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in support of Joiner’s transition to head coach.

Although he has been part of the Whitefield varsity football program for seven years, John Hunter’s past two years as head coach was marked by strong momentum-building as the WolfPack turned from a 3-7 season in 2016-2017 to an 8-4 season and playoff contender in 2017-2018. While simultaneously serving as head football coach, Hunter also led the WolfPack varsity lacrosse program for the past seven years, a heavy load for any coach. He will continue to lead lacrosse while supporting Joiner in football.

Coleman Joiner came to Whitefield in the fall of 2017 after having served as head coach for varsity lacrosse, varsity quarterback coach, and varsity co-offensive coordinator at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, where he began coaching in 2014. He has roots in Smyrna as a three-year letterman quarterback at Campbell High School during his own high school career and as varsity quarterback coach from 2009-2013. Joiner holds a Bachelor of Science in English education and a certificate in urban education from Kennesaw State University.

“We are extremely blessed to have someone of Coleman Joiner’s caliber take leadership of our football program. I am looking forward to the great things to come in our future!” said Danny Ryan, Whitefield athletic director. “Coach Hunter has done a tremendous job leading this program since I asked him to take over two years ago, and I can’t thank him and his wife Sally enough for the sacrifices they have made to turn this program around. It was no small task. I look forward to having them as part of the Whitefield family for years to come.”

To read the announcement sent to the Whitefield community, click here.
To read the Marietta Daily Journal news article, click here.