Staff reunites to say farewell to former Cougars head coach


Former Newnan High staff attending Robert Herring's farewell luncheon included front, from left, Bob Sandlin, Jeff Bryant, Ken Kesselring, Kenny Morris, Hap Hines and current Cougars head football coach Mike McDonald; back, Dr. Hugh Maddux, Gaston Green, Scot Zackery, Chris Ramsey, Herring, James 'Radar' Brantley, Dr. Doug Moore and Dr. Steve Barker.

Former Newnan High School head football coach Robert Herring spent his last day in town with his former Cougars football staff, which reunited at Sprayberry's on Jackson Street. 

Herring is headed back to Oxford, Ala., where his son Ryan is set to take over as Oxford's new head football coach. Another son, Robert, was recently named head coach at Talladega (Ala.) High. Herring led Oxford High to three state championships from 1985-1998.

Those attending Herring's sendoff luncheon included former assistant coaches Chris Ramsey, Bob Sandlin, Jeff Bryant, Ken Kesselring, Kenny Morris and Hap Hines; current Newnan Cougars head football coach Mike McDonald; team photographer Hugh Maddux; former NHS Director of Athletics Gaston Green; NHS assistant trainer Scot Zackery; former head trainer James 'Radar' Brantley, former NHS Principal Doug Moore and Coweta County Superintendent of Schools Steve Barker.

Herring retired in 2008 after a decade with the Cougars. His Newnan High teams posted a 78-37 mark in his 10 years including three region championships, seven trips to the playoffs and six straight wins over arch-rival East Coweta.

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