Elbert County hires Shannon Jarvis as new head coach

Shannon Jarvis is heading back to Elberton to take over as head coach of the Elbert County football program. Jarvis graduated from Elbert County in 1993 and played football for Hall of Fame head coach T. McFerrin. It was this connection with the legendary coach that helped Jarvis land the head coaching job at Mill Creek when the school first opened in 2004. Jarvis arrived at Mill Creek with his younger brother Greg, who remained the school’s Director of Football Operations until he announced his resignation this afternoon. Greg previously spoke to the Gwinnett Daily Post about how the two brothers arrived at Mill Creek.

“I was coaching girls basketball at Commerce and we had just come in from a road trip,” said Greg. “It was 10 and if he [Shannon] was calling that late, I knew something was up. He told me he got the head football coaching job here. I told him I didn’t know he had applied. He said he didn’t, either. Coach (T.) McFerrin recommended him and (former Mill Creek principal) Dr. (Jim) Markham called him in.”

Under the leadership of coach Jarvis, Mill Creek quickly became one of the top programs in the state and he posted 102 wins in his 15 seasons spent at the school. Following the 2018 season, Jarvis stepped down as the Hawks head coach and became Athletic Director while veteran assistant Josh Lovelady was promoted to head coach.

‘’When I stepped down, it was at a time when I needed a break,’’ Jarvis told AJC.com. “I really enjoyed being athletic director, but late last season, when we got into the playoffs and I was watching, there were just points when knew I missed it. In my current position [as athletic director], it’s more working with adults and not nearly as much one-on-one contact with kids. I knew that was something I missed.’’

The third brother of the Jarvis family Jon, was Assistant Superintendent of the Elbert County School District this past year, but stepped in for Chuck Bell this past Thursday to become the district’s Superintendent. Just days later, his brother Shannon was hired to lead their alma mater’s football program. Elbert County competes in Class AAA and is the alma mater of former Georgia star Mecole Hardman Jr. While attending the school, Jarvis played quarterback with his father Mecole Hardman Sr., a powerful all-state running back at the time.



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