“I’ve lived in this area for a long time,” said Owens. “Chattahoochee has a strong tradition and the entire community is involved. We have a great administration here led by Principal Tim Duncan.”
The Cougars have averaged more than 10 wins the last three seasons, including an undefeated campaign of 15-0 in 2010 to win the Class AAAA championship. Chattahoochee finished last season 7-4 but lost in the playoffs to eventual Class AAAAAA champions Norcross in the first round.
Owens has more than 30 years of experience coaching in Georgia, beginning his career as an assistant under Dave Hunter at now-defunct Peachtree High School in the early 1980s. The new Chattahoochee head coach has worked at McEachern, Peachtree Ridge and his alma mater, Presbyterian College.
Prior to Chattahoochee, Owens served as an assistant at Brookwood from 2005 to 2012 and was part of a staff that led the Broncos to the state title game in 2006 and an eventual Class AAAAA title in 2010. Owens worked both the offensive and defensive units during his tenure at Brookwood.
“I’ve worked with many great coaches, especially coach Hunter, whose model of success at Brookwood has been used by all of the successful programs in Georgia,” said Owens. “There was consistency in the entire program from the youth teams all the way up to varsity. We plan to do the same here at Chattahoochee.”
The Cougars are now part of Region 6-AAAAAA, competing against numerous North Fulton schools, including Alpharetta, Centennial and Johns Creek.
“We have one of the smallest schools, enrollment-wise, in the entire class,” said Owens. “It does affect our depth and many of our players are going to have to play on both sides of the ball.”
When asked about the on-the-field schemes the Cougars will implement for this upcoming season, Owens looked at the broader picture of the program.
“Success comes with foundation and practicing the fundamentals,” said Owens. “We would like to run a pro-style offense with spread principles and use multiple variations and coverage concepts on defense. However, the key is to control leverage points and the line of scrimmage.”
The Cougars will get the chance to show this philosophy in their 2013 opener against Cobb County foe Kell in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 24.
“The Classic is going to be a great way to kick off the season,” said Owens. “We’re competing against Cobb and Gwinnett schools for state championships so this is a way for us to face the toughest competition.”
Chattahoochee’s first home contest will be against Forrest Park Aug. 30.