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GCSS names Eddie Hood as new athletic director

February 19, 2021 - 00:00
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The Greene County Board of Education approved the hiring of Eddie Hood as the system’s new athletic director during the board meeting held Feb. 15.

Hood will come on board in July.

Hood comes to Greene County from Central Gwinnett High School, where he has served as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal since 2016, earning the title of Region 7-AAAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2019 and the Region 8-AAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2021 from the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.

“Coach Hood possesses a unique combination of quality experience from successful programs and youthful enthusiasm that will help us become much more effective in relating to and supporting our student athletes,” said GCSS Superintendent Dr. Chris Houston. “His work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to take on new challenges was evident to all who participated in the interview process, and I am excited about his future in Greene County.”

A native of Snellville, Hood brings to the table over 17 years of experience in education, and said his main goal as GCSS athletic director will be “to promote academic excellence, community service and athletic success as a means of empowering students to succeed in society.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to work and learn from GCSS Superintendent Dr. Chris Houston and all of the educational leaders in the GCSS system to provide high quality extra-curricular programs for our students that will help support their academic achievement in the classroom,” Hood said. “I am also looking forward to building positive relationships with our community stakeholders as well.”

Prior to moving into school administration as an assistant principal in 2016, Hood taught social studies, including AP Macroeconomics classes, for 12 years and was a nominee for Teacher of the Year at Duluth High School in 2014.

Throughout his teaching career, Hood has coached basketball, cross country and track and field, setting records as the second winningest head boys basketball coach in school history at Duluth High School, where he coached and taught for five years, turning a program that had not won more than eight games in over a decade into a winning program in just two years.

“I am goal oriented and a hard worker that cares about kids and my community,” he said. “My goal as an athletic director is to use sports and extra-curricular activities to develop student’s character and skill sets, improve their academic performance and teach them the value of community service.”

Hood received a bachelor’s degree in social science from Campbell University in 2004, a master’s in educational administration from Troy University in 2010, and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia College in 2015.

As an all-conference performer and all-academic team athlete himself at Campbell University, Hood was the track and field and cross-country team captain from 2001- 2004 and named the track and field team’s MVP for three of those years.

“I believe in servant leadership, so I can’t wait to work alongside the students, the stakeholders and the educators of Greene County to make GCSS Athletics and Academic programs the best they can be for our students and community,” Hood said.