Just a few days ago, Stephens County was officially in the market for a head football coach and athletic director after the announced departure of Frank Barden, a long-time legendary coach in the state of Georgia.
Barden resigned after a 5-5 season in which the Indians failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and only the second time in the past 22 years. In his four years as head coach at Stephens County, Barden was 29-15 overall, which includes going 1-3 in three state playoff runs.
Barden has known Toccoa as home long before his more recent stint as head coach. He served as assistant coach for the Indians from 1986-1994 as well, which included an historic 1992 season in which Stephens County went 13-1 on the way to the State Semifinals.
Barden’s 34-year coaching career has been outstanding, as he has accumulated a 189-87-1 overall record that is just shy of 200 career wins. He coached 18 seasons at Cartersville, including a perfect 15-0 1999 season that led to a state championship. He also coached a couple of seasons at Pickens County. Overall, he led 15 state playoff runs and won 7 region titles.
Barden told WNEG Radio that he has no imminent plans for his future. “I don’t know right now,” said Barden to WNEG Radio. “I know the good Lord takes care of you and puts you where he wants you. I’ll look for those doors to open and close.”
Expect Stephens County to move quickly on finding both an athletic director and football coach, as the goal is to have a candidate by February 1, 2018.