Jason Galt, who led Dutchtown High School to the Class 4A state quarterfinals in 2010, is the new head football coach at North Forsyth.
Galt replaces Blair Armstrong, who went 4-16 over the past two seasons with the Raiders. North has not made the playoffs since the 2010 season.
Galt has coached football and soccer for 17 years and spent the last six at Dutchtown.
While head coach of the Bulldogs, Galt compiled an overall record of 36-27 and boasted the top-ranked defense in Class 4A in 2010.
He will join North’s physical education department on March 1 to teach weight training.
"We’re going to work hard in the weight room," Galt said. "When you do that you not only become physically strong, but mentally strong. We’re going to be disciplined and put hard work in and we’re going to make sure we don’t beat ourselves.
"Everyone is going to be given a chance [to earn playing time]. I didn’t come here to lose."
Galt and his wife, Dr. Paige Galt, who currently teaches Spanish at East Coweta High School, have two children, Jackson Alexander and Georgia Ansley.
Galt said he liked Forsyth County and that it presented the best opportunity for his family.
He was a member of the 1992 national championship football team at (community college) San Bernardino Valley College (California) and was a quarterback on the University of Georgia football team in 1994.
Galt earned a bachelor’s degree in social science education from the University of Georgia, his master’s degree in special education from Jacksonville State University, and his specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Nova Southeastern University.
"We had many outstanding applicants that were very worthy of being the head football coach at North Forsyth High School," Raiders athletic director Nathan Turner said in a statement from the school.
"We are thrilled to have Coach Galt as our new head coach and excited to have him lead our football team.
"He is a high-energy coach and hard worker who has the ability to relate and communicate with his players. He is known as a great motivator and has a strong vision for our football program. I am excited to see Coach Galt work with our players and build a solid football program."
North will host a meet and greet with Galt on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.