published Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Hixson High's Jason Fitzgerald leaving to coach Meigs County

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    Hixson High School football head coach Jason Fitzgerald.
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Jason Fitzgerald is going back home. Sort of.

Fitzgerald announced he has resigned as head football coach at Hixson High School to take over the program at Meigs County, which is located just 10 minutes from his home. Fitzgerald, who took over at Hixson two years ago after spending much of his career at Rhea County, was still making the nearly one-hour commute.

“It is closer to home which is great, but also Meigs County has a great tradition and I want to help get things turned around and back to where it used to be.

“They have great community support at Meigs and there's just certain things you can get done at a community school but that are tougher to do at the larger city schools in Hamilton County. I do want to thank the administration and staff and the players at Hixson and I'm proud of what we've accomplished in a short time there.”

Hixson finished 7-4 and second in District 6-AA in Fitzgerald's first season (2012), then built on that to win the district title and advance to the Class 4A quarterfinals for the first time in school history last fall, finishing 9-4 overall.

“We knew it would be a homerun hire for us as soon as Jason expressed interest,” said Meigs County principal Clint Baker. “His track record at Rhea County and Hixson speaks for itself but he's just as good if not better with building relationships with the kids off the field, and that's something we're excited about.”

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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