Johns Creek Head Coaches


Athletic Director – Jason Holcombe – holcombej1@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History –
2015 to present – Athletic Director at Johns Creek High School
2017-18 Region 7 AAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year
2017-18 Georgia Athletic Directors Association AAAAAA State Athletic Director of the Year
2013 to 2015 – Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Football Coach, & Director of Football Operations at Dacula High School
2011 to 2013 – Athletic Director & Assistant Principal at Jackson County High School
2010 to 2011 – Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Head Wrestling Coach, & Director of Football Operation at North Gwinnett High School
2004 to 2010 – Head Wrestling Coach & Assistant Football Coach at Dacula High School
2001 to 2004 – Head Wrestling Coach, Assistant Football Coach, Assistant Baseball Coach at Cedar Shoals High School
1997 to 2000 – Community Wrestling Coach at Brookwood High School

Educational Degrees –
2016 – Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership – Columbus State University
2010 – Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction – Lincoln Memorial University
2007 – Masters Degree in Educational Technology – Walden University
2001 – Bachelors Degree in Secondary Social Science Education – University of Georgia
1997 – High School Graduate from Brookwood High School

Educational Experience –
2015 to Present – Athletic Director and assistant administrator at Johns Creek High School
2013 to 2015 – ISS Coordinator & course team leader for AP World History at Johns Creek High School
2011 to 2013 – Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Jackson County High School
2010 to 2011 – AP US History Teacher at North Gwinnett High School
2004 to 2010 – AP US History, AP Government, Honors US History, Honors World History, College Prep US History, College Prep Geography, College Prep World History Teacher at Dacula HS
2001 to 2004 – Honors & College Prep US History and World History Teacher at Cedar Shoals High School

Personal –
Wife – Amy married since 2007
3 Wonderful Children – Jason Jr., Georgia, and Harper
1 pet – Miniature Schnauzer named Kirby Munson
When not attending games at Johns Creek High School or my own children’s events.
I enjoy traveling to watch any University of Georgia Athletic event at home or on the road. GO DAWGS!!!



Assistant AD – Kelly Bowler – bowlerk@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – Chattahoochee High School Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach (2005-2009); Buckhead FC Select Coach (2010-2014); Johns Creek High School Varsity Coach (2009-Current)

Academic-Athletic Background – 17 Years of Teaching Social Studies (Halfway RIII Schools, Halfway, Missouri; Chattahoochee High School; Johns Creek High School). Played High School and Club Soccer (Hurricanes) in Springfield, Missouri (Glendale High School). Played Club Hockey and Intercollegiate Club Hockey (Missouri State)

Personal – Married with three children. Soccer all the time with a little bit of hockey sprinkled in



Assistant AD – Billy Nicholson – nicholsonw@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – Southland Academy (1994-2004) Head Baseball/Softball, Assistant Football, Assistant Basketball. Atlanta Braves (1994-2017) Associate Scout/Assistant Hitting Coach at various levels from Low A to Triple A. Centennial High School (2004-2009) Johns Creek High School (2009-Present) Head Baseball/Softball (2009-2015). North Gwinnett High School Softball (2016-2017)

Academic-Athletic Background – Academic Experience: Georgia Southwestern State University, Bachelor of Science, 1995, United States Sports Academy, 2012, Master of Sports Science. Subjects I have taught through the years: Anatomy, Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Health and Physical Education. Athletic Experience – Through the years I have been an Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, Professional Scout and Hitting Coach with the Atlanta Braves. Assistant Coach of the AFLAC High School All American Game 2001, 2002, 2003. USA Baseball Professional Development Program Member 2018-2019. Selected as Assistant Coach for Major League Baseball High School All-Star Game, 2019. Selected numerous times through the years as Baseball Coach of the Year for Region and State in both softball and baseball. Selected numerous times as Head Coach or Assistant Coach for Georgia High School All State Games in both softball and baseball. Currently serve on (2) national high school baseball committees with the National High School Baseball Coaches Association and American Baseball Coaches Association and currently serve as the President of the Georgia Dugout Club High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Personal – Daughters – Ashlee, 24; Halee, 20. Dogs – (all rescues): Cocoa, Nash, Bella and Lyla. Cat – (all rescues): Jack Jack. Grilling enthusiast, love the outdoors, hunting and fishing and golf. Love to travel.



Assistant AD & Dir of Football Opps – Mary Byrne – byrnem@fultonschools.org

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Baseball – Billy Nicholson – nicholsonw@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – Southland Academy (1994-2004) Head Baseball/Softball, Assistant Football, Assistant Basketball. Atlanta Braves (1994-2017) Associate Scout/Assistant Hitting Coach at various levels from Low A to Triple A. Centennial High School (2004-2009) Johns Creek High School (2009-Present) Head Baseball/Softball (2009-2015). North Gwinnett High School Softball (2016-2017)

Academic-Athletic Background – Academic Experience: Georgia Southwestern State University, Bachelor of Science, 1995, United States Sports Academy, 2012, Master of Sports Science. Subjects I have taught through the years: Anatomy, Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Health and Physical Education. Athletic Experience – Through the years I have been an Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, Professional Scout and Hitting Coach with the Atlanta Braves. Assistant Coach of the AFLAC High School All American Game 2001, 2002, 2003. USA Baseball Professional Development Program Member 2018-2019. Selected as Assistant Coach for Major League Baseball High School All-Star Game, 2019. Selected numerous times through the years as Baseball Coach of the Year for Region and State in both softball and baseball. Selected numerous times as Head Coach or Assistant Coach for Georgia High School All State Games in both softball and baseball. Currently serve on (2) national high school baseball committees with the National High School Baseball Coaches Association and American Baseball Coaches Association and currently serve as the President of the Georgia Dugout Club High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Personal – Daughters – Ashlee, 24; Halee, 20. Dogs – (all rescues): Cocoa, Nash, Bella and Lyla. Cat – (all rescues): Jack Jack. Grilling enthusiast, love the outdoors, hunting and fishing and golf. Love to travel.



Boys Basketball – Keenan Temple
– templek@fultonschools.org

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Boys Golf – Luke Warren – WarrenRL@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – 9 years Head Boy’s Golf Coach. 4 time State Champions.

Academic-Athletic Background – Georgia State University undergraduate. 4 year College Baseball player. 1 year Assistant Golf Professional/ Metropolitan Country Club Lithonia, GA.

Personal – Married. Wife Stephanie



Boys Lacrosse – Jason Gogolinski
– Jason.Gogolinski@gcpsk12.org

Coach-Teach History – 3 years lacrosse/ asst. softball coaching ( 1 year @ JCHS)

Academic-Athletic Background – Cornell Univ. Lacrosse, Univ. of MD



Boys Soccer – Kelly Bowler – bowlerk@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – Chattahoochee High School Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach (2005-2009); Buckhead FC Select Coach (2010-2014); Johns Creek High School Varsity Coach (2009-Current)

Academic-Athletic Background – 17 Years of Teaching Social Studies (Halfway RIII Schools, Halfway, Missouri; Chattahoochee High School; Johns Creek High School). Played High School and Club Soccer (Hurricanes) in Springfield, Missouri (Glendale High School). Played Club Hockey and Intercollegiate Club Hockey (Missouri State).

Personal – Married with three children. Soccer all the time with a little bit of hockey sprinkled in.



Boys Tennis – Todd Hedden
– heddent@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – Two years as JV Boys Tennis Head Coach Entering fourth year as Varsity Boys Tennis Head Coach 2018, 2019 Region 7-AAAAAA Champions 2018, 2019 GHSA AAAAAA State Champions 2020 Sunshine State Classic Champions

Academic-Athletic Background – No collegiate athletics but I did go to Wimbledon a few years ago and made a guest appearance on ESPN.

Personal – I’m originally from Warner Robins, GA where I attended Northside High School. I graduated from The University of Georgia and am in my 21st year teaching. This is my 9th year at Johns Creek, where I am also the English Department Chairperson. My wife Tori and I have two dachshunds named Herschel & Munson after UGA legends Herschel Walker and Larry Munson. I love concerts, and my favorite band is Pearl Jam. I also enjoy movies and TV shows such as The Dark Knight and Breaking Bad. Finally, I am a sports fanatic and have had my heart broken many times by the Dawgs, the Miami Dolphins, and the Atlanta Braves.


Cheer – Competition/FB/BB – Bri Helms – helms@futlonschools.org

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Cross Country – Danny Brock
– brockd@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – 1999-2001 Assistant XC and Track Coach @ Alexander High School 2001-2003 and 2016 to Present Track Coach @ River Trail Middle School 2004-2009 Head Track and XC Coach @ Chattahoochee High School 2009-2014 Head Track Coach @ Johns Creek High School 2009-Present Head Cross XC @ Johns Creek High School

Academic-Athletic Background – 4 years XC and Track at Clayton State University and University of West Georgia. Master Degree–Georgia State University

Personal – Health and Physical Education teacher at River Trail Middle School since 2001. Married my wife Lisa in 2003 and we have 1 daughter named Natalie.



Football  – Matt Helmerich – helmerichms@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – 20 years – football and track

Academic-Athletic Background – Butler U – Bachelors degree Nova SE – Masters degree Played football for 4 years at Butler

Personal – Married to wife Elsy. We have a 2 year old son, Hunter and an English bulldog, Rosie.



Girls Basketball – Kirk Call
– callk@fultonschools.org

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Girls Golf – Steve Hall – HallSteve@fultonschools.org

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Girls Soccer – Mary Byrne – byrnem@fultonschools.org

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Girls Lacrosse – Kenneth Moore – moorek@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – I have coached lacrosse for the past 17 years. I began my lacrosse coaching career as the Head Girls Lacrosse coach at South Forsyth High School. I have also coached as an assistant at Alpharetta High School, Milton High School, and Chattahoochee High School. I am a member of the Georgia Girls Lacrosse Officials Association and have been refereeing lacrosse and training officials for the past 8 years.

Academic-Athletic Background – My coaching career began when I was hired as the student assistant coach at Culver-Stockton College while working on my undergraduate degree. I have spent the past 34 years teaching PE, health, and science and coaching a variety of sports including lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, football, softball, tennis, and track from 6th grade through college age. I also worked as a graduate assistant in sports marketing while obtaining my masters degree in Sports Administration at Eastern Illinois University.

Personal – I have been married to my wife, Cathy, for 29 years. She is the SST Chair at Taylor Road Middle School. I have two children. Colin graduated from Johns Creek High School in 2014 and the University of Georgia in May 2019. He is a mechanical engineer in Augusta, GA. Kaitlyn graduated from Chattahoochee High School in 2016 and the University of Georgia in December 2020. She will be pursing a doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy.



Girls Tennis – Carol Matthieson
– matthiesonc@fultonschools.org

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Softball – Jim Crase – crasej@fultongschools.org

Coach-Teach History – Softball Coach – 4 Yrs total (2 Gwinnett County) Soccer 12 Yrs total (11 yrs Gwinnett County)

 Academic-Athletic Background – Soccer 25 yrs. (4 Yr Starter Limestone University) 10th all time goals scored

Personal – I live in Grayson GA with my Wife Kerri Crase and two children Jayden 12yrs old son, and 10 yr old daughter Kaitlyn. We have been married for 14 yrs. I am from Stone Mountain GA, went to Limestone University in SC where I played Soccer for 4yrs. I lived in Gaffney SC for 10 years then moved to Ashburn VA for 2 and now back in GA. I have been teaching for 15 years, I taught 13 years in Gwinnett County (Shiloh High School), now at Johns Creek for the last 2 years. I currently teach Biology and have taught Algebra, Geometry, and World History. I played baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, football growing up.


Swim & Dive – Stephen Johnson
– JohnsonSC@fultonschools.org

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Volleyball Kirk Call – callk@fultonschools.org

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Football & Track – Matt Helmerich – helmerichms@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – 20 years – football and track

Academic-Athletic Background – Butler U – Bachelors degree Nova SE – Masters degree Played football for 4 years at Butler

Personal – Married to wife Elsy. We have a 2 year old son, Hunter and an English bulldog, Rosie.



Wrestling – Ken Richau – richauk@fultonschools.org

Coach-Teach History – 27 Years Head Wrestling Coach (24 in California) 2005 California Senior National Wrestling Team Assistant Coach Cooper Certified USA Wrestling Coach 38 Years Head or Assistant Football Coach (35 Years in California) 3 Years Spring & Summer Camp Football Coach Stanford University 3 Years Summer Camp Coach Colorado State University 1 Year Pacifica Islanders Semi Pro Football Team-Special Teams Coordinator & Linebacker Coach (Won the Semi-Pro National Championship)

Academic-Athletic Background – 1968-1972 Pop Warner Football (San Francisco, CA) 1973-1977 Archbishop Riordan High School (San Francisco, CA) 4 Years Football 2-JV 2-Varsity also 3 Years Baseball & 1 Year Track 1977-1981 St. Mary’s College (Moraga, CA) Graduated with BA Played all 4 Years at Inside Linebacker and Long & Short Snapper 1982-1984 Semi-Pro Football (Played Inside Linebacker)

Personal – Married for 35 years to Monique Richau 2 Son’s Josh 33 and Don 36 1 Awesome Cat (Nawdy) Love Hunting & Fishing, Reading, Hiking, Traveling to our Timeshare Properties, Cruising, Working Out, and Lying in Hammock on any White Sandy Beach