In recent years, Stan Luttrell knew he always wanted to be a high school head football coach again. Now, the 13-year head coaching veteran knows that opportunity will be at Johnson High.
On Monday, Luttrell was announced as the new coach of the Knights in a press release, the same program he worked as an assistant coach for Blair Armstrong and experienced back-to-back playoff appearances in 2002-2003. Luttrell takes the position previously held by Jason Roquemore, who accepted the same position at Towns County on Feb. 25.
“People have been saying, ‘Why Johnson?” Luttrell said. “My answer is ‘Why not Johnson?”
A well-known and highly-regarded coaching veteran in Hall County, Luttrell was head coach at Chestatee from 2006-2013, leading the War Eagles’ to their first playoff victory in program history his final season in charge. At Chestatee, Luttrell had an overall record of 46-38.
Luttrell expects to build off the 4-6 season that the Knights had in 2018.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to be head coach at Johnson,” said Luttrell, who got a chance Monday morning to meet with Knights football players.
Luttrell spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach at Habersham Central, where his oldest son, Tre’, was starting quarterback for the Raiders football program. Prior to his time at Habersham Central, Luttrell was defensive coordinator at Gainesville (2017), and an assistant coach at Buford (2014-16).
Luttrell’s son is now enrolled at Division II Lenoir-Ryhne University, where he will play football, while his oldest daughter Anna, who graduated from high school a year early, will attend Clemson University and be a member of the rowing team.
The new Johnson coach said the position is ideal, given that his family resides in Flowery Branch.
Now at Johnson, Luttrell is working again with its principal Stan Lewis, who was part of the school’s administration during his years at Chestatee.
“We are very excited to have Stan Luttrell at the helm of our football program,” Lewis said. “I have worked with coach Luttrell in the past, so I know the quality of his character and the level of intensity he will bring to Johnson High.”