Coaches


Ryan Crawford
Head Coach/Athletic Director:
Ryan Crawford

This year marks Coach Crawford’s second year as the Varsity Head Football Coach/Athletic Director at Houston County High School, where he also served four years as the Defensive Coordinator, for a total of six seasons. During his tenure as the Defensive Coordinator, the Bears won back to back county and city championships, the 2015 Region Championship and reached the GHSA State Playoffs three out of the last four seasons. Prior to coming to Houston County, Coach Crawford was a member of the coaching staff at Northside High School for eight years. During this time, Northside, considered one of the winningest programs in the state of Georgia, won seven region titles, was State Runner-Ups two times and won two State Championships. The Northside High School football program had a combined record of 103-8 during these eight seasons. With hard work and dedication, Coach Crawford worked his way up the coaching ladder at Northside under the tutelage of Coach Conrad Nix and Coach Kevin Kinsler. While coaching at Northside, Coach Crawford had the opportunity to mentor and work with several college football players, including three current NFL players. Coach Crawford began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant coach at Brooks County High School followed by a stint at Tattnall County High School.
Coach Crawford’s philosophy and mission at Houston County High School is to assist in the development of young men, while providing the best opportunity to build character and integrity within a culture of greatness on the football field, in the classroom, within the community and for the future. With sixteen years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach Crawford is looking forward to the challenge of continuing the HOCO Bears successfulness as one of the top programs in 6-A. He and his incredible wife, Angela, the former Head Softball Coach at Houston County High School, have been married for twelve years and have three beautiful children: Cole (10), Brock (7) and Jackson (5). Thanks for your continual support of the HOCO Football program and athletic department. Coach Crawford would like to welcome you to Bear country and always remember to BEAR DOWN!


Rod Harris
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs:
Rod Harris

Coach Harris is going into his 21st year of coaching, 6th year with Houston County High School. Harris is from Jones County where he graduated in 1993. Coach Harris is the husband of Joiretta Harris and Father of Markala (21), India (16) and Markal Harris (6). Harris has served as the defensive and special teams coordinator and now Assistant Head Coach.
Coach Harris has a B.S degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He also played and started at defensive back for 4 years for the UT Martin Skyhawks. Coach Harris has Master's in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and will begin his specialist study this fall at Piedmont College.
His Coaching stops include: Martin Middle School (Head Coach, A.D) 1998-2001, Martin Westview (Ass. DB Coach) 1998-2001, Mcelvoy Middle School ( Head Coach, A.D) 2002-2004, Southwest High School (DB, Special Teams) 2004-2006, Perry High School (Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams) 2006-2012, and Houston County (Asst. Head Coach, Special Teams) 2012-2018.


Keith Gosse
Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs:
Keith Gosse

Keith Gosse will be entering his seventeenth year coaching and second season as Offensive Coordinator for the Houston County Bears.
Coach Gosse played offensive line at Valdosta State University. During Coach Gosse’s tenure at VSU, he played on two conference championship teams and had the first undefeated regular season in VSU’s history. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and P.E from VSU and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University.
Coach Gosse began coaching Offensive Line at Brantley County High School during the 2002 season. He then became the Offensive Coordinator at Appling County High School and Metter High School during the 2003 and 2004 seasons respectively. In his fourth season as a high school football coach, Coach Gosse became Offensive Coordinator at Tift County High School during the 2005-2010 seasons. After his tenure at Tift County, Coach Gosse became the Head Coach at McIntosh County Academy. He has been the head coach or offensive coordinator during 14 state playoff games with the one appearance in the State of Georgia Football Semifinals.
Coach Gosse is married to Jennifer Ehlers Gosse. They have two daughters, Ellie (13) and Zara (10), and one son, Garrett (7).


Robby Taylor
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers:
Robby Taylor

Coach Taylor is entering his second season with the Bears and his 8th season of coaching football. Coach Taylor played football for Perry High School where he was honored as a GACA All-Star his senior year. He began his coaching career at Northside Middle School where he spent 2 years. He then spent 4 years coaching Linebackers at Veterans High School before coming to Houston County.
Coach Taylor earned his Bachelors degree from the University of West Georgia, Masters degree from Georgia Southwestern and Specialist degree from Piedmont College.
He is married to his lovely wife, Allyson, and they are expecting their first child late in the Fall.


Scott Lamb
Defensive Line:
Scott Lamb

Scott Lamb is entering his second season with the Houston County Bears, and his 24th season coaching high school football. Coach Lamb will serve as the Defensive Line Coach this season. Prior to Houston County, Coach Lamb was the Defensive Coordinator at Veterans High School with Defensive End responsibilities. The 2013 Warhawk Defense led the way to their 1st and only Region Championship.
Coach Lamb’s Coaching career began at Lincoln Co. High School under Larry Campbell as a student assistant in 1989 where he won his 1st State Championship. He then moved to Elbert Co High School with TS McFerrin where they made 3 straight State Playoff appearances advancing to the Final 4 in 1991. Coach Lamb then took 3 years off in the private business world before returning to the coaching ranks in 1997 under Richard Fendley at Warner Robins High School. He served 2 other Head Coaches in various positions winning several Region and State Championships before making his way to Veterans in the 2010 Football season.
In his coaching career, Coach Lamb has coached several players who have gone on to play Division 1 football and eventually in the NFL. Coach Lamb earned his BS at the University of Georgia, MS from Walden University and his EDS from Liberty University. He is married to Kristy Popkin Lamb and has 3 children, Lauren (27), Avery (21), and Rylee (16).


Don Hudson
Receivers:
Don Hudson

A graduate of the Houston County School System (Northside High C/O 89’) and an educator of 25 years. Married to the Houston County Alumna Melanie Washington Hudson with 4 beautiful children Alysha (15), Don Jr. (11), Zion (10), and Gabrielle (6). At Houston County High he serves as the Head Coach for Boys Basketball and Girls Track and Field while teaching Personal Fitness and Physical Conditioning in the Physical Education Department. On the football staff he coaches the wide receivers. This is Coach Hudson’s 3rd year as a Bear but his 26th year in athletics bring head coaching, offensive coordinating, and defensive coordinating experiences from top programs throughout the state of Georgia (Statesboro, Clarke Central, Cedar Shoals, Shiloh, and Elbert County High). As a player, Coach Hudson played high school football at Northside High School, a 3 year letterman for Georgia Southern University (2 National Championships), and blessed enough to work out professionally with the Detroit Lions. Hail HOCO! Bear Down!


Dennis_Morris
Offensive Line:
Dennis Morris

Dennis Morris is starting his second season as the Offensive Line coach with the Bears, and his 14th season coaching high school football. Prior to Houston County High School, Coach Morris served as the athletic director at Northside Middle.
Born and raised in Montana, Coach Morris and his family moved to middle Georgia in 2013. Prior to arriving Coach Morris was the Head Football coach at Dickinson High School in Dickinson, North Dakota from 2010 until 2013 and was an assistant OL coach in the program for five years before taking the helm. Morris began his coaching career in 2005, with a 1 year stint as a head coach in a Montana class "C" eight-man football program.
Morris played offensive line and threw the shot put and discus for Montana State University, before transferring and finishing at Dickinson State University (ND). During his playing career, Morris earned All-American honors in both football and track, and was named the NAIA National Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2002. Coach Morris was inducted into the Dickinson State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 for Athletic Achievement during his playing career.
Coach Morris has been married to his beautiful wife, Holly, for 14 years, and has two boys. Jack (10), and Oliver (5).


Jared Allen
Quarterbacks:
Jared Allen

Jared Allen is entering his fifth season at Houston County High. He served three seasons as the 9th Grade Head Coach. He now coaches Quarterbacks for the Bears. Coach Allen also coaches Varsity baseball for the Bears, as well as teaching US History.
Coach Allen graduated from Toombs County High in 2007, earning a baseball scholarship from Georgia Southwestern State University. He graduated from GSW in 2011 earning a B.S. in History with Teacher’s Certification. Upon graduation, Coach Allen began working at Dodge County High where he served for 3 seasons as Varsity Defensive Backs coach as well as Head Baseball coach for the Indians.
Coach Allen married his wife, Megan Allen, in June 2011 and they have one son, Kadence Allen (2).


Zach Grace
9th Grade Head Coach:
Zach Grace

Coach Grace is entering his first year at Houston County High School and will serve as the 9th Grade Head Coach. This is Coach Grace's 8th year coaching football. Prior to coming to HOCO, Coach Grace spent the previous five seasons as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Rutland High School in Macon. Coach Grace started his coaching career at the collegiate level where he was the defensive line coach at LaGrange College from 2008-2010 and was on the staff of the 2008 SLIAC Conference championship team that also made the NCAA Division 3 National Playoffs.
Coach Grace aattended Wingate University in North Carolina where he lettered in football for four years and was part of the winningest class in school history.


Daniell Johnson
Defensive Line/9th Grade Defensive Coordinator:
Daniell Johnson

Daniell Johnson is entering his 3rd year at HOCO. He started his coaching career at Dodge County High School, where he graduated in 1996. He coaches 9th grade football here at HOCO, and is also the Head Girl's Basketball coach.
Daniell is married to Kristy Johnson and they have two kids Jordyn Johnson and Nakhorri Harrel.


Tim Bynum
Defensive Backs/Running Backs:
Tim Bynum
JaMarcus Williams
Receivers/Defensive Backs:
JaMarcus Williams

Mike Minicozzi
Trainer:
Mike Minicozzi

Michael Minicozzi is a certified athletic trainer at Houston Healthcare, working in his 15th season at Houston County High School. He provides care and treatment for athletes involved in all sports at HOCO, covering practices and games as well as providing injury prevention and rehabilitation. Michael graduated from Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training. While he attended GCSU, he served as a student trainer for the men’s baseball team, men’s and women’s basketball teams, and men’s and women’s cross country teams. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Michael furthered his education and training at GCSU, receiving a Master’s degree in education and working as a graduate assistant trainer to collegiate level athletes. He is a native of Milledgeville, Ga, and he currently resides in Warner Robins, Ga with his wife Wendy and two daughters, Caroline (8) and Carson (5).


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