After four seasons, Joey Mathis has resigned as Coosa High School’s (CHS) Head Football Coach.

Coach Mathis submitted his letter of resignation to the school on Monday, following the end of the 2023 season. 

“Coach Mathis has been a steady presence across all programs during his four years at Coosa High,” said Coosa principal, Judson Cox. “You expect your head football coach to care for his players and to help them grow as athletes and as young men, but you don’t usually see them provide that same level of support at band concerts and competitions, cheer competitions, high school and middle school basketball games, the list goes on and on.” 

A Northwest Georgia native, Mathis came back to Coosa following a four-year head coaching position at Marion County High School in Marion County, Tennessee. Previously, Mathis spent time with Adairsville, Pepperell and Shorter University football programs.  

During his time at Coosa, Coach Mathis not only dedicated his time to his football players and program, but he has been an integral part of the Coosa community. 

“Whether helping with schoolwork, checking on grades, making sure basic needs were met, arranging transportation, or supporting extracurriculars schoolwide, Coach Mathis has devoted himself 100% to helping students find success,” continued Mr. Cox. “He has cultivated a strong relationship between our middle and high school athletic programs, bridged the gap between fine arts and athletics, vastly improved the academic success rate of our football players, and most importantly, helped shape the character of every young man who crossed his path. Coach Mathis embodies what it means to be a Coosa Eagle, and the impact of this loss will be felt far beyond the football field.” 

Knowing the importance of this role, Mr. Cox and the CHS administration’s goal is to begin the process of finding a new head coach for the Coosa football program soon. 

Please see below a personal statement from Coach Joey Mathis: 

I would like to say a very personal thank you to many of you who have supported both me and my family in our time here at Coosa High School. Thank you for the support of the Superintendent, FCS Board Members, administration at CHS and CMS, CHS office staff, teachers, and community members.

Thank you to the local churches who always strive to meet the needs and challenges our players may face. I cannot say thank you enough to the coaching staff and their families, who have invested countless hours into the lives of our players and this program.

Most importantly, thank you to the players. It has been my honor to get to know you, and watch you grow as student athletes. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life.

I think it’s an exciting time for the CHS football program. We have exceptional young men and new facilities being built to take them to the next level as a student athlete.

Professionally, I know I have done everything I was hired to do to grow the CHS football program. I think the timing is right for me to step away and see what the future holds for myself and this program. I wish CHS and this community nothing but success.

As always, it’s a great day to be a Coosa Eagle!

Joey Mathis