After the retirement of Ken Ritch at the end of the school year after eight years as the school’s athletic director, longtime head football coach Andy Dorsey took Ritch’s former position and Dorsey’s former defensive coordinator, Chris Brown, was elevated to head football coach.
Dorsey had been certified “for a while” to be an athletic director and had a desire to expand his influence on the school’s athletic programs. When the position opened, he said, “It felt like it was a good career move.”
Now that he has begun his duties in his new position Dorsey said it felt “kind of eerie” as he has coached for 12 years – previously as a graduate assistant coach at University of West Georgia and an assistant at Hiram – but he is anxious to get involved with the other sports programs as well.
“I’ve been around football my entire life but I’m excited to have a broader scope of the sports here on our campus,” said Dorsey. “I want to be an asset to all our programs. I’ll get to have a different perspective.”
Since beginning as head coach with the Hornets in 2006, Dorsey led them to the playoffs three times and finished with a 45-30 record. His best season was 11-1 in 2009 when the Hornets’ only loss was in round two of the state playoffs against Rockdale County.
Brown was the defensive coordinator for the Hornets for seven years. He said it “has always been a dream of mine” to be a head coach.
“I feel very blessed and very fortunate,” he said.
As the athletic director, Dorsey and Principal Jason Freeman made the decision on the new head coach and Dorsey said he was pushing for Brown’s hiring.
Brown, a West Georgia graduate, was the linebackers coach for the Hornets in 2001, and then went to McEachern for four years as the secondary coach and strength and conditioning coach before returning to Hiram in 2006.
After working together for so many years, Dorsey and Brown said they developed a good friendship which makes for a better working relationship. Brown said having this relationship will be “invaluable” as he takes on his first head coaching job.
Dorsey said he is “really excited” to have Brown as the new head coach as he has been a part of his staff for years and knows the game.
“I think he will be very successful. We wouldn’t have chosen him if we didn’t feel like he was the right one for the job. I have a lot of trust in him,” Dorsey said.
Now that Brown is the new whistleblower for the Hornets, he said there will be “a lot of changes” to the program – some decided on while Dorsey was still head coach and some of his own.
Brown said there will be some aspects of their game plan that change, but the overall scheme will be similar to the past years under Dorsey.