September 16, 2021

Tim Barron steps down as Heard County football coach

(Franklin, GA) — Tim Barron announced today that he is stepping down as the head football coach at Heard County High School after 19 years as the team’s leader.

Coach Barron shared a letter to the community explaining his decision. Barron plans to remain in coaching, but has not publicly announced his future plans.

Barron leaves behind a strong legacy of winning after building one of the top football and athletic programs in the state from the ground up.

He finishes his Heard County career with an overall record of 153-71 and a number of accolades highlighted by winning the 2018 Class AA State Championship.

Barron also won seven Region Championships and his teams made the State Playoffs in 18 of his 19 campaigns.

The veteran coach took over for the Braves in 2002 after the team had went just 1-21 in the previous two seasons. You can read his entire statement to the community below.

To the Heard County Community:

Today, I stepped down as the head football coach at Heard County High School.

Over the past few weeks, I have prayed for nothing more than God to put me where he wants me to be.

This was the same prayer I prayed after interviewing for this very same job 19 years ago. He answered my prayers and what a journey it has been.

Tim Barron (Photo: Jeff Napier)

I have been so blessed to have worked alongside so many great men and women with the same goals.

At many places, they talk about goals and “being on the same page” but very few see that through. For the last 19 years, we lived it.

The goal was to always put kids first and become the best we could be in everything we do.

This was not just about football — it was about achieving greatness in everything that carried the Heard County logo.

From the very top to the bottom, we were in sync with the common goal of achievement.

My love and support for this school system, the kids and this community will never die. There is nothing greater than getting to do what you love with people you love.

In my 19 years of working at Heard County High School, I have never once dreaded coming to work — I truly Love Heard County and I always will.

Over the past few months, I have kind of known that it was time for a new beginning for myself and this program. That was certainly not easy to realize.

If I truly felt that it was in the best interest of myself and this school system, I would remain in this position. However, I love this place and this community too much for it not to get the very best of what I can give.

I have witnessed the future of this program and it truly brings tears of joy when I think about it. Yes, I am sad, but also so excited for the direction of this program.

People will ask “What happened and what is the reason?” It is simple. Sometimes it is just time for a change.

I can honestly say that the Heard County school board, administration, and this community have given me everything they could. This isn’t a bitter break up.

As a matter of fact I don’t even consider it a break up — more like a family member moving away. We are still family just a little further apart.

If I were to list all the people that I needed to thank in this letter, this letter would become a novel. So I thank each and every one of you that had a part in making these past 19 years so special. I will forever be grateful!

I pray you look back on these 19 years with fond memories and you look forward with much excitement. I’ll just end with this: “Once a Brave Always a Brave.”

Much Love,

Coach Barron

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