After meeting in executive session for barely 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon, the Houston County Board of Education named Greg Robinson as head football coach and athletics director at Houston County High School.
Robinson, whose contract was no renewed at Dodge County in December, was not at the meeting but received a phone call minutes after the announcement.
Robinson was one of four finalists who spoke to school backers on Jan. 28 to discuss their qualifications for the position. He beat out interim head coach and athletics director George Collins, Perry offensive coordinator Chad Alligood and Rutland defensive coordinator Ben Maddox.
Collins took over as interim coach for Doug Johnson, who retired last summer for health reasons. Houston County went 1-9 under Collins, who was also head coach at Perry.
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The board easily accepted the recommendation of superintendent David Carpenter to hire Robinson.
"We had four outstanding candidates," Carpenter said. "It was the type (of situation) where you didn't want to tell any of them 'no.' "
Robinson's experience and success as a head coach - he was 38-27 at Dodge County with consecutive 9-win seasons - gave him the advantage.
"Coach Robinson, we decided, was the best fit for the position," Carpenter said. "He had head coaching experience where he has proven he can build a winning program. He can build a program and sustain it."
Robinson will go against some familiar schools in . Robinson was a quarterback at Colquitt County.
"He knows what it takes at this level," Carpenter said. "He knows what he's getting into."