This year marks Coach Crawford’s first year as the Varsity Head Football Coach/Athletic Director at Houston County High School, where he served the last four years as the Defensive Coordinator. 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 fifteen years of 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 current Head Softball Coach at Houston County High School, have been married for eleven years and have three beautiful children: Cole (9), Brock (6) and Jackson (4). Thanks for your continual support of the Houston County High School Football program and always remember to BEAR DOWN!
Coach Harris is going into his 20th year of coaching, 5th year with Houston County. Harris is from Jones County where he graduated in 1993. Coach Harris is the husband of Joiretta Harris and Father of Markala(20), India(15) and Markal Harris(5). Harris has served as the Defensive Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the past four years and will be in charge of the Defensive Coordinator duties starting this year.
Coach Harris has a B.S degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He also played 5 years of Football and was a four year lettermen as a Defensive back. Coach Harris has Master's in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and plans to obtain his specialist within the next two years.
His Coaching stops include: Martin Middle School (Head Coach, A.D) 1998-2001, Mcelvoy Middle School ( Head Coach, A.D) 2002-2004, Southwest High School (Def Backs) 2004-2006, Perry High School ( Def Backs, Special Teams Coordinator, Def Coordinator) 2006-2012
Keith Gosse will be entering his sixteenth year coaching and first 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 (11) and Zara (8), and one son, Garrett (6).
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 14, Don Jr. 10, Zion 9, and Gabrielle 5. At Houston County High he serve 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 2nd year as a Bear but his 25th 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!
Robby Taylor is entering his first season with the Bears and his 7th season of coaching football. Coach Taylor played football for Perry High School where he was honored as a GACA All-Star his senior year. Coach Taylor began his coaching career at Northside Middle School where he spent 2 years. Coach Taylor spent the last 4 years coaching Linebackers at Veterans High School. This year, Coach Taylor will coach Inside Linebackers and serve as the Special Teams Coordinator for the Bears.
Coach Taylor signed with the University of West Georgia to play football where he earned his bachelors degree. He went on to earn his Masters degree from Georgia Southwestern and completed his Specialist degree last Spring from Piedmont College.
Coach Taylor married his wife Allyson in June.
Scott Lamb is entering his first season with the Houston County Bears, and his 23rd 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 2013Warhawk 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 1 State Championship before making his way to Veterans in the 2010 Football season.
In his coaching career, Coach Lamb has coached several players who earned numerous post-season awards including All-State, All-Region, and Player of the Year recognitions. Many of his former players have gone on to play college and professional football.
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 Lamb and has 3 children, Lauren 25, Avery 19, and Rylee 15.
Casey Chafin is entering his 2nd season with the Bears, and his 3rd season coaching football. Coach Chafin will serve primarily as the Head 9th Grade Coach this season. Prior to this year, Coach Chafin served as the Offensive Coordinator at Rehoboth Road Middle School in Griffin, Georgia (2015), as well as the 9th grade offensive line coach for Houston County High School (2016).
Coach Chafin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Georgia College & State University in 2014.He is currently engaged to his fiancé Mollie Russell, and is getting married in the spring of 2018.
Dennis Morris is starting his first season as the Offensive Line coach with the Bears, and his 13th season coaching high school football. Prior to Houston County High School, Coach Morris served as the athletic director at Northside Middle from 2013 to 2017.
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 13 years, and has two boys. Jack (9), and Oliver (4).
Eric DeVoursney is entering his third season with the Bears. Coach DeVoursney will serve as the Running Backs coach as well as helping with the Tight Ends this season. Coach DeVoursney was on staff when Houston County won their first Region Championship. Prior to Houston County, Coach DeVoursney was at Rutland in Macon. He also served as a student assistant at Georgia Military College, where he worked with the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers. Coach DeVoursney played at Warner Robins High School and was a member of the 2004 state championship team.
Coach DeVoursneyearned his Specialist degree from Piedmont University and his Masters and Bachelor's Degree from Georgia College & State University. Coach DeVoursney and his wife Jan just had a baby in June. His name is Brooks, he is the youngest of three. They also have Reagan, 11 and Jackson, 4.
Jared Allen is entering his fourth season at Houston County High. He has served the past three seasons as the 9th Grade Head Coach. He now has moved to a Varsity role, coaching Outside Linebackers 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, 1, who was born in July 2016.
Daniell Johnson is entering his 3rd year at HOCO. He started his coaching career at Dodge County High School, where he graduated. He graduated from dodge in 1996. He coaches 9th 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.
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The recently retired George Collins is returning to Houston County High to serve as Director of Football Operations. Coach Collins served at Houston County High as offensive coordinator from 2000 – 2006 and interim Head Coach in 2007.
Before retiring in 2016, Coach Collins enjoyed over 30 years in coaching with stops at Valdosta State, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Perry High, Houston County High and finishing at Rutland High School. Prior to his career in coaching, Coach Collins received his education degrees from The University of Georgia where he lettered 3 years in football; earning All American honors in 1977. Upon leaving UGA he played 7 years professionally 5 in the NFL and 2 in the USFL.
Coach Collins and his wife of 38 years, Tina, are the parents of 4 grown children, Brad (Sara), Amy (Earndrez), Ben, and April. They now enjoy time with their 6 grandchildren.
Michael Minicozzi is a certified athletic trainer at Houston Healthcare, working in his 14th season at Houston County High School (HOCO). 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, 7 and Carson, 4.
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