Stratford football coach leaving at end of school year

Stratford head football coach Mark Farriba has accepted the head football coaching position at Prince Avenue Christian, Stratford athletics director Grady Smith confirmed on Thursday.

Farriba told his team Thursday afternoon he will take over the GHSA Class A program following the school year.

"I'm going to miss Mark a great deal," Smith said. "It's tough. Mark's more to me than a coach or a co-worker. He's just a great person."

Farriba did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone.

Farriba, who graduated from Stratford in 1974, returned to coach at his alma mater 10 years ago. He led the Eagles to an overtime win over rival First Presbyterian Day to win the 2004 state championship and was 27-20 in four years as the head coach.

The 50-year old previously coached at FPD, winning the 1985 state championship.

Farriba, who has a career record of 104-72-2 in 14 seasons, lettered as a punter at Georgia. He will now coach star quarterback Jon Richt, who has signed with Clemson and is the son of current Georgia coach Mark Richt.