After six seasons and a 37-32 record, Coach Charles Hammond resigned from his position. CHS hired Shawn Peek as the new head coach. Coincidentally, years ago, Hammond succeeded Peek as head football coach at Dade County.
Peek was defensive coordinator at South Pittsburg in Tennessee before accepting the Chattooga job. He has also coached in Alabama in his 31-year coaching career. Peek inherited a team with a good group of seniors to help lead the way.
There are quarterback Cash Allen, offensive linemen Nick Hudson, Eli Hosmer, and Noah Cordle. Other seniors like Taiquan Sheppard and Ty Veatch have stepped up their games and made a huge impact also. There are also some impactful juniors, especially Lashaun Lester, who gained 1500 yards rushing last season. Peek says he has other juniors that are assuming leadership roles this offseason.
“We had a good turnout this offseason, despite the obstacles,” Peek says. “These kids have worked very hard and that’s what we want. We just try to show up and get better every day. And control what we can control and let the other stuff fall where it falls.”
Peek is ready build the Chattooga High football team to his vision and philosophy. “We try to build ourselves on being accountable and being trustworthy,” Peek says. “We want to make sure the players trust the coaches and the coaches trust the players. We want to be a bunch of guys that are able to handle adversity and we want to be known as being tough mentally and physically. We are always trying to teach our guys some habits that will help them this year or it helps them the rest of their lives. I’d like for us to be known for giving the players some tools for their life tool shed. For the now and when they are 40 or 50 years old.”