Rams Tab Rob Armstrong As Next Head Coach


Springfield, FL---It's unusual for high school football programs to be hiring in the midst of spring practice, but that's exactly what the Rutherford Rams are doing this spring.

Rutherford Athletic Director Kirk Harrell sending out an email Thursday afternoon informing us the school's hired it's new head football coach. That coach is Graceville native and former Graceville, Marianna and Chipley head coach Rob Armstrong.

Rob's coming south from Atlanta where he was the assistant head coach at Clark University.

Before that he spent a year at Berrien High School in Georgia, before that he spent four years at Chipley, leading the Tigers to the state championship game in 2011.

He spent two seasons as Marianna's head coach before the move to Chipley. And before that short stints as head coach at Walton, Freeport and Graceville.

Rob replaces Alvin Dempsey who left Rutherford in April after two seasons.

I spoke with coach Armstrong by phone a few hours ago, he says he and his family are thrilled to be "coming back home" as he put it, adding he knows there's been a lot of turnover at Rutherford in recent years, but he's excited about the challenge of coming in and starting to rebuild.

Rob will be at Rutherford Friday afternoon to talk more about taking the job, and he expects to be at practice Monday.

His official approval goes before the school board Tuesday, that seems to be just a formality at this point.


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