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Heritage hires Parris as new football coach

— Heritage has its new head football coach. Mike Parris was hired as the eighth coach in school history Friday, athletic director Chuck Landy confirmed.

Parris replaces Chad Frazier, who accepted the athletic director/head football coach's job at Villa Rica in January.

Parris spent the last 17 seasons at Jackson High School in Butts County, compiling a 123-67 record, including 11 trips to the state playoffs. His 2000 team reached the Class AAA state final four at the Georgia Dome and he also reached a quarterfinal in 2009. Parris was 35-11 in four seasons at Forest Park from 1992-1995, with his final team reaching the state semi finals.

"We had a tremendous amount of interest, well over 100 applied, we looked at a lot of people. Coach (Parris) just stands out," said Landy. "He's a good person, he's been an excellent football coach. "The people that have worked with him say nothing but good things about him."

Landy also liked the fact that Parris had led Forest Park to four consecutive winning seasons, then stayed at Jackson for nearly two decades and cultivated a winning program (only five losing seasons since 1996).

"He's intending on seeing the players develop, he's just really highly-thought of," Landy said. "If you look at his track record, won a lot of football games, as far as the football part of it. He's got 21 years of experience as a head coach. We were fortunate, he really wanted to come to Heritage."

Heritage went 37-27 in Frazier's six seasons, making three consecutive playoff appearances in his final three years.