Macon County football head coach Larry Harold will be hosting a national television audience Wednesday when linebacker Roquan Smith announces his college selection on ESPNU. It also will be Harold’s final act as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Harold, who went 19-15 in three seasons at Macon County, was named the head coach at Brunswick on Tuesday night.
“Some big-time names put in for that job, and I was thrilled just to get an interview for a job like this,” Harold said. “The opportunity to get an offer was even more of a surprise.
“Like I told our players (Monday), Macon County is a great community. I thank all of them for buying into our vision and our goals for the last three years.”
Macon County, which went 9-3 last season and won GHSA Region 4-AA, had eight seniors on its roster. Six will be signing with colleges Wednesday, including Smith, who will be choosing from Georgia, Michigan, UCLA and Texas A&M, as well as Jerquez Hughey, who will be signing with Air Force.
The Bulldogs went 1-9 in the season before Harold arrived.
Besides moving up to Class AAAAA, the move to Brunswick will put Harold closer to his wife’s family. Harold and his wife have three children, ages 4 and 2 and 5 months.
“We lost my mom three days before New Year’s,” Harold said. “This (job opportunity) is a blessing from God.“(Staying at Macon County for signing day) was a stipulation I had. Needed to finish things off right for the eight seniors. It will be a great and proud day. I really love those kids. It’s a bittersweet move, and it’s going to be tough. But the package at Brunswick, I couldn’t turn down. It’s a career-changing move.”