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Parson named football coach at Banks County
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Football has taken Biff Parson to different parts of the globe, but he insists he’s always been a Banks County Leopard at heart. Now he’s the school’s new football coach. On Tuesday, Parson, 34, was hired to coach at Banks County, the same school his father Ronnie guided as football coach from 1979-1988.

“I was born and raised a Leopard,” said Parson, who graduated from Franklin County High in 1997. “It’s funny. It’s ironic that my first head coaching job is the same place my father started.

“Banks County is a very special place to me and I look forward to the challenge.”

Parson takes over for former coach Philip Jones, who will join the staff at Brookwood High in 2013.

Parson knows Banks County plays in a tough Region 7-AAA with 2012 state champion Buford and state semifinalist North Hall on his schedule for 2013.

“We know we’ll have to fight and compete against some very strong football programs,” Parson said.

Banks County is Parson’s first head coaching job after stops at six high schools, Liberty University as an assistant coach, and NFL Europe on the staff with the Frankfurt Galaxy during its run to the World Bowl title in 2006.

After playing quarterback at Liberty from 1997-2001, he spent time in the Canadian Football League in 2002 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Each of the four most recent seasons, Parson has been a defensive coordinator, including Mary Persons (2012) and Lamar County (2009-2011). Parson has also spent a season at Dublin, Hart County and Villa Rica.

Banks County has had moderate success in recent years. Despite a 3-7 record in 2012, the Leopards made the postseason in 3 of 4 seasons prior to that.