September 23, 2021

Shane Lasseter named as next head football coach at Heard County

Pictured above Coach Lasseter and family. Front (L-R) Major and Max Lasseter. Back (L-R): Chandler Moon, Jakab Moon, Nickie Moon Lasseter, and Shane Lasseter (Photo: HCHS)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Board of Education voted unanimously to make Mr. Shane Lasseter the new head football coach at Heard County High School in a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement comes on the heels of the recent resignation of 19-year head coach, Tim Barron.

Coach Lasseter has been in the Heard County School System for 16 years. He spent 13 years in the classroom and has acted as the county athletic director for the past 3 years, and also served as high school athletic director for five years.

He received a bachelor in science in special education from the University of West Georgia and a Masters and Specialist degree from Liberty University in Teaching and Learning.

Coach Lasseter has served in various athletic coaching positions throughout his career. He has served as Heard High’s head baseball coach, head wrestling coach, and various varsity football duties since 2003.

He graduated from Heard County High School in 2000 and has raised a family of four children in Heard County with his wife, Nickie Lasseter.

“Mr. Lasseter has been a part of the culture and pride that has been built here over the last 19 years. He has been a fixture in the athletic program and has earned the trust and respect of his colleagues,” says Heard County Superintendent Rodney Kay.

“When you are satisfied with the direction and existing culture in a program you look within for a replacement. That is exactly what we did and we are pleased that at this time the core of the football staff remains intact and we will not skip a beat from a football operations standpoint.”

Kay adds that Coach Barron will be missed tremendously by the Heard County community.

“Everyone in Heard County recognizes the loss of Tim Barron. He was a special man, and the Heard County Brave Nation will be forever grateful for the years he selflessly served this community, but we are also looking forward to the leadership of Coach Lasseter and we feel very strongly about the direction in which he can take the program,” Kay stated Wednesday.

Lasseter will be the first Heard County graduate and native to assume the role of head football coach at HCHS.

“My family and I are so appreciative of this community and school system. The amount of love and support that has been shown to us over the years is something that we value greatly,” says Lasseter. “Although I am sad to be losing a great friend, coach, and mentor from our school system, I am extremely appreciative of everything Coach Barron has done for Heard County and the people in it, especially me.”

Lasseter will be the 11th head coach in the history of a football program that was originally founded in 1972.

“Heard County is a place that my family and I love; we do not take it for granted nor the great people and work that has made it what it is today. I am extremely grateful to be given the responsibility of keeping this place special,” added Lasseter.

“I am grateful to the Board of Education for valuing the love and work ethic that the current staff has given over the years. I am thankful to the board for allowing this staff the chance to continue applying the core values of what it means to be a Heard County Brave into every kid in our community. Humbled is an understatement — to have the chance to run a program that I have loved since I was a little boy. I am excited for the future opportunity of getting many more students to love, trust, and play — the HC way.”

Coach Lasseter will take over officially on Monday, January 4th.

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