Chestatee High School has named Chad Pittman its new head boys basketball coach, according to an announcement made Wednesday by Hall County Schools Director of Community Relations and Athletics Gordon Higgins.
Upon approval by the Hall County Board of Education, Pittman replaces former War Eagles coach Gary Barnes, who recently resigned with the school to accept a coaching position in his home state of Tennessee.
“Hall County has always been home for me — my family, friends and church have always been here,” said Pittman, who graduated from Johnson High in 1991. “There are lots of good folks in Hall County that have had a hand in molding me into who I am today.”
Pittman comes to Chestatee from Duluth, where he coached the girls team from 2010-2014. During that span, the Lady Wildcats made four straight state playoff appearances, including an 18-12 record and a spot in the Class AAAAAA state semifinals during the 2013-2014 season.
Prior to Duluth, Pittman served as head girls basketball coach at Jackson County from 2001-2010. He began his coaching career as an assistant with Johnson’s boys in 1996, while also serving as a math teacher.
“Coach Pittman is a great fit for Chestatee,” Chestatee Principal Suzanne Jarrard said. “He brings a wealth of experience and a ton of energy to our basketball program.
“His positive attitude is contagious and we know he will have an immediate impact on our school and our community as well as our basketball team.”
Pittman will attempt to turn around a Chestatee team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008. The War Eagles went 5-23 last season.
“Chestatee does a great job balancing academics and athletics, and the administration and faculty show terrific support for all programs,” Pittman said. “Mrs. Jarrard made it clear that she wants only the best for Chestatee in all areas and that is the expectation, which I appreciate and respect.
“Chestatee will be my new extended family, especially the boys’ basketball players. This will not be ‘my’ program but ‘our’ program, and I look forward to working with these quality young men in building something special.”