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Football: Armstrong resigns as Raiders head coach

POSTED: January 23, 2013 6:26 p.m.
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North Forsyth head football coach Blair Armstrong has resigned after two seasons with the Raiders.

Armstrong met with his coaching staff and players Friday morning to inform them of his decision, according to a press release issued by North athletic director Nathan Turner.

"Coach Armstrong is to be commended for his work with the Raider football program and his dedication to the North Forsyth Athletic Department and community," Turner said in the release.

The Raiders struggled to a 1-9 record in 2011, Armstrong’s first season in Coal Mountain, with a starting lineup that relied heavily on sophomores.

The team got off to a promising 3-0 start last season before dropping its final seven games — all Region 6-AAAAAA contests.

Armstrong came to North from Banks County, where he had been since 2007, to take over the Raiders in February 2011. He led Banks to the Class 2A playoffs in 2008, the school’s first postseason trip in 11 years.

Prior to that, he spent two seasons at Peachtree Ridge, leading the Lions to a split Class 5A state title in 2006 after a tie with Roswell in the state final. The program at Peachtree Ridge was four years old at the time.

From 2002-04, Armstrong led Johnson to three straight state playoff berths, the first coach to take the Knights to the postseason. He also spent several years coaching in Florida, and won a state championship with Jefferson County High in Monticello.

Armstrong will continue to be a professional staff member at North Forsyth High School.

Armstrong could not be reached for comment.

 

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