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North Forsyth AD Turner leaves for county position
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Nathan Turner spent 17 years at North Forsyth, the last six as athletic director of the Raiders. Turner was named the Athletic and Activities Coordinator for Forsyth County Schools this past Thursday. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Over the past year, North Forsyth athletic director Nathan Turner was instrumental in putting together the “Forsyth Five,” or the grouping of all of Forsyth County's public schools into the same region for athletics with the addition of Forsyth Central.

Now, as the reclassification of schools happen at the end of the spring competition season, Turner's job title will change as well.

North Forsyth High School administration announced Friday that Turner has accepted the position of Athletic and Activities Coordinator for Forsyth County Public Schools. He'll work closely with the high schools, which will include the new addition of Denmark in 2017, middle schools and elementary schools to optimize resources, logistics and quality of athletic events.

For Turner, who has worked as a delegate on the GHSA Region 6-AAAAAA Executive committee and has served as the Georgia Athletic Director's Association vice president, his promotion uniquely lines up with his ambitions.

“I'm just honored to be approved for the job and humbled. I'm excited to get started,” Turner, who will take the new job on July 1, said. “We've got a lot of great athletic directors, great schools, and great things going on in the county. We want to take a great product and continue to improve and make it better. I want to be a resource and hope I can support the schools and programs as much as possible.”

Turner was named the GADA Athletic Director of the Year in February. He has worked at North for the past 17 years, the last six as the athletic director of the school. North will open a new gymnasium on campus this June and has had recent success in wrestling and girls basketball, notably. North also recently hired Robert Craft, a 2011 state champion head coach from Tallahassee, Fla., to lead the football program.

Turner has also been involved with the school's highly successful club fishing team.

He's glad this his new position will not take him away from North, as he'll work in and out of the county schools on a daily basis.

“North Forsyth is a special palce to me,” Turner said. “I've had seventeen wonderful years here and cherish every moment of it. We have a great athletic program, always have been very strong in athletics in the county. The future is bright.”