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Sanderson out as Roswell coach
by Chase Wallace
November 28, 2012 01:53 PM | 3288 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roswell football coach Justin Sanderson was relieved of his head coaching duties following his second straight losing season at the helm of the Hornets’ football program.

Sanderson’s tenure at Roswell lasted just two years and 20 games, ending with a 3-17 record overall — going 0-10 in 2011 and 3-7 this fall.

While his time at Roswell ended with a 28-24 win over longtime rival Roswell in early November, it will be remembered most for the close games that seemingly never went the Hornets’ way — losing seven games in two years by three points or less.

“Coach Sanderson’s effort, energy and passion for the Roswell Football program is to be commended,” said Roswell Athletic Director John Coen. “However, after careful and deliberate thought a change in the leadership of our Football program was believed to be in the best interest of our program.”

Sanderson had been with the Roswell program since being hired by head coach Tim McFarlin in 2003. He served as offensive line coach on the Hornets’ 2006 state championship team and was offensive coordinator under previous head coach Leo Barker.

Before 2011 Roswell had just one losing season since 1980, a 4-6 mark in 1994 under legendary coach Ray Manus. Manus, who is the namesake of the Hornets’ football stadium, is the longest-tenured head coach in Roswell history. Sanderson is the shortest since Louis Lake coached just one season in 1953.

Coen went on to say that current assistant coach John Ford, the team’s offensive coordinator, will serve as interim head coach and a new hire will be made sometime in the near future.

“Upon completion of our football banquet and the Georgia High School Association state playoffs, a timeline will be announced for the selection of our next head football coach,” said Coen. “Our goal is to hire the best person available regardless of whether it is inside our outside of our current coaching staff.”

-Historical information courtesy of Georgia High School Football Historian’s Association at

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