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Former North Forsyth football coach Jason Galt hired at Gilmer
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Jason Galt went 10-21 in three seasons as head football coach at North Forsyth. - photo by File photo

Former North Forsyth football coach Jason Galt has landed on his feet.

Galt was named the new head coach at Gilmer High School on Thursday. The news was first reported by

Galt replaces Zach Grage, who was 4-6 in one season at Gilmer before departing in January to become the head coach at Thomasville.

So Galt goes north an hour to the Ellijay school after three seasons at North, a tenure that began with promise before ending in frustration.

Galt arrived in Coal Mountain in 2013 after six seasons at Dutchtown. The Raiders had immediate success, going 7-4 to reach the state playoffs for the first time in two seasons. But North struggled the next two seasons, going 3-17 including 0-6 against county opponents, and the Raiders and Galt parted ways. North hired Robert Craft from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Florida, in late January.

Galt steps into a Gilmer program with a promising future ahead. It’s a program that’s won before - the Bobcats made the state playoffs four of five seasons from 2010-14 – and moves into a favorable region in Class AAAA next season. Among Region 7’s seven teams next school year, only three made the state playoffs this past season (Northwest Whitfield, Pickens, Ridgeland) and just two had winning seasons (Northwest Whitfield, Pickens). None won a state playoff game.

Gilmer will hope Galt can change that.