Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports update:  Calhoun High’s decorated head football coach, Hal Lamb, retires. Field at Phil Reeve Stadium named in his honor.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports update: Calhoun High’s decorated head football coach, Hal Lamb, retires. Field at Phil Reeve Stadium named in his honor.

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The coaches, Hal Lamb on the left and Clay Stephenson on the right.
From the Calhoun Touchdown Club: “Coach Hal Lamb is beginning his 30th year coaching high school football. He has been the head coach at Calhoun for the past 20 years. With Lamb at the helm, Calhoun has won ­­more than 200 games resulting in 17 straight region championships, finishing as AA State Runner-Up five times, and capturing the AA State Title in 2011 and the AAA State Championship in 2014 and 2017. Coach Lamb has been named Coach of the Year several times, earning the AAA Coach of the Year recognition in 2014 and 2017.”
For the second time in two weeks, Northwest Georgia’s high school football world is stunned by a surprise exit. Calhoun High Coach Hal Lamb, one year removed from the Yellow Jackets last state 3A football title, is retiring. The report comes days after Joey King, the head coach of the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes, announced his resignation after two state 4A football titles and a return to the championship final this past season. King said he was joining a major college football program as an assistant.

 

The story lines:

  • Coach Hal Lamb retires as CHS Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for Calhoun City Schools.
  • School Board honors Lamb with the naming of Hal Lamb Field at Phil Reeve Stadium. A dedication ceremony is set for September.
  • Clay Stephenson named Head Football Coach as succession plan

Media release: Coach Hal Lamb officially retired on May 31, 2016, following 17 years as a teacher for Calhoun City Schools… Following Lamb’s summer time off, the Board of Education approved his return as athletic director and head football coach where he went on to have three additional outstanding seasons surpassing the state record of 18 consecutive region championships.

“As a Board of Education, we recognize the contributions that Coach Lamb made as a teacher in the classroom over the past 30 years and we also acknowledge the profound impact that he has had on the athletes he has mentored and coached over the years. While he has won numerous awards and championships, his humility and appreciation for his players, coaches and the community as a whole make him our local hero,” stated Board Chair Eddie Reeves.

The Calhoun City Board of Education considers the naming of its facilities in honor of an individual to be a conspicuous honor. Such naming exhibits the judgment and standards of the Calhoun City Board of Education and signifies lasting approval of the actions of the honoree. Therefore, the task of naming a facility is not taken lightly. Members of the Calhoun City Schools’ Board of Education all agree that Coach Hal Lamb exemplifies the highest standards consistent with the mission, values, and beliefs of Calhoun City Schools.

“Today we honor Coach Lamb as he chooses to retire from coaching. He has coached his last game on this field, his field – The Hal Lamb Field at Phil Reeve Stadium. What an honor it has been to work alongside him. We are grateful for his many contributions on and off the field of competition. Thank you Coach Lamb. We love and appreciate you,” shared Superintendent Taylor and Members of the Board of Education.

A formal dedication of Hal Lamb Field will take place at Phil Reeve Stadium on Friday, September 6, 2019.

In true Calhoun City Schools fashion, a succession plan has been in place to prepare for Lamb’s retirement. As part of Coach Lamb’s coaching staff for more than a decade, Coach Clay Stephenson has been a huge part of the program’s success. Coach Stephenson joined the football coaching staff in 2004 and has enjoyed numerous trips to the state championship finals. He’s also earned three state championships in his head coaching role in golf and has been named Region Coach of the Year 11 times. Recognized as Calhoun High School’s Teacher of the Year and as the System’s representative, Coach Stephenson is well respected by his peers and loved by the students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff. He has a heart for kids and a competitive spirit that has been noticed and groomed for many years. Coach Lamb has no doubt had a profound impact on the younger Stephenson who has grown and matured under his leadership.

“The Board could’ve directed us to do an external search to fill this position; however, they trust that we have an internal candidate that can continue what Coach Lamb has started. Dr. Coombe, the principal of Calhoun High School and I couldn’t be more thrilled to wholeheartedly support Coach Stephenson. This transition will be seamless. The players know and love him. He has the respect of the coaching staff. He’s a proven leader with a long-term commitment to the program and he’ll continue to be a part of the Jacket Nation for many years to come,” stated Superintendent Taylor.

“We are also proud to say that Coach Lamb will stay connected as a part-time campus facilities and event coordinator and will assist Brock Holley who will now serve as Calhoun City Schools’ Athletic Director. This is a win-win for our programs and we are excited about the next chapter,” stated Eddie Reeves, Board Chair.

BACKGROUND: Lamb already has retired from teaching duties as outlined in this 2016 release from Calhoun Schools:
Coach Lamb Retires Coach Hal Lamb officially retired on May 31, 2016 following seventeen years as a teacher for Calhoun City Schools. Prior to his employment with CCS, Coach Lamb spent nine years in Cartersville Middle School and three years at Upson-Lee High School.
In a letter to Superintendent Taylor, Coach Lamb stated, “It has been an amazing journey. I walked into Calhoun High School in 1999 as a very young head coach with a less than stellar coaching record. During my time here, I have been fortunate enough to accomplish many career goals. I have also had the privilege to work with outstanding teachers, administrators, and other coaches. My greatest achievement, however, has been my students and players, who have consistently performed well on local and state levels. I am grateful for all the great opportunities and experiences I have had at CHS over the years. You, the administrators, and the members of the Board of Education have always given me the support I needed. I would like to thank you for having faith in me, and for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow in my career.”
Following Lamb’s summer time off, the Board of Education approved his return as athletic director and head football coach.
“Tonight we recognize the contributions that Coach Lamb made as a teacher in the classroom over the past 30 years and we also acknowledge the profound impact that he has had on the athletes he has mentored and coached over the years. While he has won numerous awards and championships, his humility and appreciation for his players, coaches and the community as a whole make him our local hero. We know that Coach Lamb will continue to lead an excellent athletic program for us. We’re looking forward to a great future. Go Jackets!”
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