Former Rabun County legendary coach Lee Shaw has been announced today as the new head coach at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville. Shaw had stepped down in December 2018 at Rabun County, giving way to his eldest son, Jaybo Shaw.
The Lions’ will be handing the reins to Shaw, making him only the second head coach in the program’s short history. All told, Lakeview has a 32-66 career mark, and have never made a playoff appearance out of Class 1A.
This will be the smallest of the programs that Shaw has taken over, as he has a storied career that includes 22 seasons as a head coach and includes 163 wins. He spent five seasons at White County (’95-99), 10 seasons at Flowery Branch (’02-11), and seven years at Rabun (’12-18).
Shaw won six region titles – including five straight from 2014-18 at Rabun, and coached 51 all-state players. He has coached a playoff team every year since 2005 (14 straight trips), and has recorded 10 10-win seasons. He reached the State Championship game twice (’08 for Flowery Branch, ’17 for Rabun County), and made the Quarterfinals or deeper eight times (four at Flowery Branch and four at Rabun).
The short retirement of Shaw now means he has a chance to build yet another program into a perennial playoff powerhouse the same way he did Flowery Branch and Rabun County.
This is a challenge that energizes a guy like Shaw, who in his first year out of football in 2019, was spotted multiple times around the Rabun County program during the Wildcats’ undefeated regular season that culminated with a region championship and another quarterfinal run.
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