Bill Forman believes there’s more than one right way and more than one wrong way to do everything.
During his two seasons as Chestatee High’s defensive coordinator, Forman seemed to find the right ways for the War Eagles to contain opposing offenses and reach new heights. Now, as the team’s new head coach, he hopes to find the right ways for the War Eagles to continue their success in Region 8-AAAA.
Chestatee principal Suzanne Jarrard announced today in a press release that Forman has been chosen to succeed former head coach Stan Luttrel, who resigned April 1 to become an assistant coach at Buford High.
“After considering many candidates, it was clear that Coach Forman is the man for the job,” Jarrard said. “Coach Forman has been instrumental in our recent success and is positioned to move us forward to even greater heights.”
Forman becomes only the third head coach in the history of Chestatee’s football program.
The War Eagles went a combined 17-6 during his two seasons as defensive coordinator. Chestatee also produced its first-ever playoff victory in program history during that time — a 41-13 win over Grady last season.
“There’s a great foundation already built here,” Forman said. “Coach Luttrell did a great job and there are great things to do and build on.”
Forman has 20 years of coaching experience under his belt, including time as a head coach at Fernandina Beach High (Fla.) and three years as the first head coach at Providence Christian Academy, where the team went 18-12 in the first three years of the program.
In all, Forman has spent seven years as a head coach. He hopes to draw on that knowledge and experience to lead Chestatee to its third consecutive winning season in 2014.
“I’ve seen great football in Georgia, Florida, Texas and Missouri,” Forman said. “I’ve seen some great coaches, too. At Chestatee, (Luttrell) and I were very like-minded in terms of physicality and playing the game a certain way. The kids were very coachable; they rolled up their sleeves and went to work.”
Now that he’s no longer focused solely on the defensive side of the ball, Forman plans to put his own spin on the War Eagles’ scoring attack. Under Luttrell, Chestatee was almost exclusively a run-based offense, piling up more than 3,000 yards on the ground last season alone.
Forman plans to make moderate changes rather than a major overhaul.
“We are going to try to diversify some on offense,” Forman said. “We will stay true to our roots as an option offense but try to create some ripples in there that will throw people off.”
Moving from defensive coordinator to head coach at Chestatee has been an easy transition according to Forman, and it comes at a critical time in the season.
The War Eagles begin spring practices on May 5.
Chestatee must also prepare to face a much tougher field of teams in the fall, when White County, North Hall, North Oconee and Class AAA state champion Buford join Region 8-AAAA. All four teams reached the playoffs in 2013.
“I’m looking forward to going to working with these kids,” Forman said. “Spring practices start a week from today.
“It will be good to step back on the grass. Football is a sanctuary sometimes.”