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Galt out after three seasons as North Forsyth head football coach
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North Forsyth went 7-4 and reached the Class AAAAAA playoffs in Jason Galt's first season as head coach, but the Raiders are 3-17 since. - photo by File photo

Two years removed from leading North Forsyth football to the state playoffs, Jason Galt is out as head coach of the Raiders after three seasons.

In a statement released by Forsyth County Schools on Friday, Raiders athletic director Nathan Turner said the school “has decided to take the Raider football program in a new direction,” leaving the program searching for its fourth head coach in seven seasons.

“I want to thank Jason Galt for leading our team the past three seasons,” Turner went on to say in the statement. “I wish him and his family the best and thank him for all that he has done for our young men.”

Galt’s tenure got off to an auspicious start when he was hired in 2013 after six successful seasons at Dutchtown High School in Henry County. A large senior class bought into Galt’s old-school offense and weathered a mid-season injury at quarterback to go 7-4 and make the Class AAAAAA playoffs after a two-year absence.

But the Raiders have struggled since. North went 1-9 in 2014 in a season marred by a myriad of injuries to key players and 2-8 this past season. Over the past two seasons, North is 0-6 against county opponents and has been out-scored 246-46.

Still, Galt said he relished his time in the Coal Mountain community.

“Great community, great support,” Galt said. “The people up here are second to none. We’re a part of the community. We live up here. It’s tough.”

Galt arrived at North after turning Dutchtown into one of the most consistent winners in Henry County. In his first head coaching job, Galt took over in 2007 at the four-year old school and transformed its football program in three seasons, going from 2-8 to 5-5 to 11-2 in 2010, a record for wins in a single season for a Henry County public school at the time.

North got a taste of that success in Galt’s first season in Coal Mountain, but it was short-lived. He ends his tenure at 10-21, and North finds itself searching for a head coach as it moves next season into a newly created seventh classification formed from the state’s top 10 percent of schools according to student population.

Galt said he will remain at North as a physical education teacher.

“I think we did things the right way,” Galt said. “We treated kids with respect. I thought we taught them core values and lessons they can carry on the rest of their life. Hopefully what they learned from me is the value of hard work and to never give up.”