After missing the playoffs for the first time in over two decades, the Calhoun High School Yellow Jackets made three big changes recently.

Former head coach Hal Lamb last month was named as system executive director of athletic programs.  Lamb returns after serving at athletics director for Heritage Christian in Dalton.

Now, Calhoun has brought in one of the winningest head coaches in NW Georgia history, Tommy Atha as the Yellow Jackets passing game coordinator and quarterback’s coach.   Atha had been considered the for head coaching job at Pepperell but sources indicate that he withdrew his name before accepting a position at Calhoun.  He worked last season as an assistant football coach at Model.

Atha won 179 games as head football coach of Darlington over 21 seasons.  He led the Tigers to 19 state playoffs and won seven region championships.

Finally, former Rome High football head coach Franco Perkins was named as Calhoun High’s new athletic director.  He will also serve as an assistant principal at Calhoun.

He has been at Calhoun the last eight years, serving as an exceptional student services teacher and defensive line coach on the Yellow Jackets’ football staff