The board meeting was held Tuesday morning with the personnel changes discussed at the end.
After the naming Koester as the new coach, South Paulding Principal Keith Rowland hosted a meeting for invited staff, students, parents and community members to introduce the coach.
Former head coach Tim Glanton recently joined the inaugural football coaching staff at Kennesaw State University.
Glanton began at South Paulding in 2006 and was the only coach in the school’s history. He coached high school football for 23 years, and was a member of three different football staffs in Paulding County. He also served as offensive coordinator at Paulding County High School from 2001-02 and head coach at East Paulding from 2003-2005.
During the season opener of his last season with the Spartans on Aug. 31, the school’s field was officially named the Timothy D. Glanton Sr. Field, in honor of Glanton for all his hard work and dedication to the team and the community.
Prior to having the new coach approved by the board, South Paulding athletic director Chris McCallister said they had been interviewing a number of candidates and were anticipating approval this week.
Tim Mitchell, vice president of the South Paulding Touchdown Club, prior to the approval said, “We hope that someone comes in with the same passion for our players and community as Glanton did.”
Also being a community coach for the varsity Spartans, Mitchell said the group wants a coach that can win, though the program has a major focus on community and morals and that is what’s “most important.”
“I’m sure we won’t get anyone with the same philosophy as Glanton, especially if they never knew him, but we want to keep the community involved,” said Mitchell.
With the coach still undecided at the time, Mitchell mentioned the work Glanton did with the team since the school’s inaugural season.