A former longtime head football coach in Jackson County has accepted a head coaching position in the state of Georgia.
Shawn Peek has been hired as the new head coach at Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia. The Chattanooga Times-Free Press reported Peek’s hiring on Wednesday.
Peek, who had head coaching tenures at North Sand Mountain, North Jackson and Pisgah, has been the defensive coordinator at South Pittsburg (Tennessee) the past five seasons after retiring from the Alabama Education System.
“I had never ruled out (being a head coach again), but it had to be the right spot. It had to be the right opportunity because I had a really good job at South Pittsburg,” Peek told the Sentinel on Thursday. “But the right opportunity came by. I feel like it’s right for me and my family. It’s a football community. Football is real important to them and there’s a lot of support. This all went fast. I went talked to them Saturday, and basically the deal was done Tuesday.”
Peek fills the position vacated after Charles Hammon, the brother of Section head coach Chris Hammon, resigned after six seasons.
Chattooga is a Class 2A school under the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) classification system, but would be “a 5A or 6A if it was in Alabama,” Peek said. The Indians, who have made six straight playoff appearances, will compete next year in Georgia Region 7-2A, which also includes his former school Dade County — now coached by Dale Pruitt, whom Peek played for during the 1982-83 seasons at Pisgah — and Rome, Georgia area schools Coosa, Gordon Central, Model and Pepperell.
It’s the fifth head coaching job for Peek, who is 97-78 in 16 seasons as a head coach.
Peek went 37-44 in from 1991-98 at NSM — he is NSM’s all-time winningest coach — 1-9 at Dade County (Georgia) during the 2004 season, 50-13 with three region championships from 2008-12 at North Jackson and 9-12 in 2013-14 at his alma mater, Pisgah. Peek also served as Scottsboro’s defensive coordinator in 2005 and had two assistant coaching stints at North Jackson (1999-2003 and 2006-07).
“Coach Peek came into the interview with a simple plan that has obviously worked well at programs in similar communities to ours,” Chattooga athletic director Barry Peppers told Stephen Hargis of The Chattanooga Times-Free Press. “When we finished our meeting with him we all knew we had found our man. His experience and success are very impressive.”
Peek was scheduled to meet with Chattooga players and coaches on Friday.
“The pressing thing right now is getting a staff together,” Peek said.