East Hamilton High School has recently appointed Aaron Nance as their new head football coach. With this new hiring, the school hopes to bring a fresh perspective to their football program. Nance has a strong background in football and coaching experience.
Although this is his first varsity head coaching position, Nance served as the offensive coordinator at Georgia’s Flowery Branch last fall and has held the same role in four other high school programs.
He played a key role in guiding Grayson to the GHSA Class AAAAAAA state championship in 2020, and during his two years there, the program had a remarkable 25-2 overall record.
“We went through a four-step process over the past few weeks to interview candidates, and every time we spoke with him he just came across as having such a top-notch football mind, so we felt like he was the best choice,” East Hamilton principal Brent Eller said. “He listed nine references, and each one that we called raved about not only his football IQ but also his high-level character, so that sold us on him.”
Aaron Nance Brings Wealth of Experience to East Hamilton
In addition to his work at Flowery Branch, Aaron Nance has served as offensive coordinator at several other Georgia programs, including Pickens in 2021 and North Paulding from 2016-2018. He also worked in that role at Chattanooga’s Notre Dame from 2012-2015.
As a graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School in 2011, Nance expressed his interest in returning home to work under an administrator he already knew. The level of success that East Hamilton’s football program has achieved so far also played a significant role in his decision to take on this new challenge.
“Coming home is a really big deal for me,” Nance said. “Mr. Eller was my principal at Loftis Middle School, so that combination of coming back to a place near where I grew up, and knowing the administration, plus the community support here, this program checked all the boxes for me.
“I have a lot of respect for the men who coached this program before me. I know Coach (Ted) Gatewood built the program and Coach (Grant) Reynolds also was a great leader. We’ll look to maximize the talent we have, and the ability to adapt to the roster each year will be the key to our success.”
Aaron Nance Takes Over as East Hamilton’s New Head Coach
Aaron Nance steps into his new role as head coach of East Hamilton following the departure of previous head coach, Reynolds, who stepped down in February to take over the Chattanooga Christian program. During Reynolds’ four-year tenure, East Hamilton achieved a 32-15 record, including an impressive 21-3 record against region competition. The Hurricanes also made it to the TSSAA Class 4A quarterfinals in their most recent season.