Spain Park offers Moodys Grass head coaching job

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Spain Park High School has selected Moody High School head football coach John Grass as it&8217;s next head football coach, local media outlets reported on Monday.

Spain Park administrators were unable to be reached Tuesday, but the school has asked all football players from 8 to 12 grade and their parents to meet at SPHS on Friday at 7 p.m. for the announcement of the new head coach.

Grass is a 1986 graduate of Asheville High School. He received his bachelor&8217;s degree in physical education from Jacksonville State University in 1990 and returned to the school in 1997 to earn his masters in the same program.

Grass took his first coaching job under now Hoover head coach Rush Propst in 1990 as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Following a short stint at Eufalua High School in 1993-94, Grass returned to Asheville to take the head coaching position. He spent the next five years at AHS, earning an overall record of 34-19 before leaving the school to once again coach under Propst as an assistant at Hoover.

Following one year as Albertville&8217;s head coach, Grass arrived at Moody High School for its head coach and athletic director job.

Grass replaces former Jags&8217; head coach Vince DiLorenzo, who resigned last month after serving in the position since the football team was created in 2001.

Grass found success quickly at Moody, taking the Blue Devils to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs in his first year and finishing with a 10-2 record. In his second year, Grass coached the Blue Devils to a 5-5 record and lost in a first round playoff appearance to Chelsea.

Grass&8217; overall coaching record sits at 58-30 as he comes to Spain Park High School.

Grass was unavailable for comment and calls to Spain Park administrators were not immediately on Tuesday morning prior to press time.

The Hoover Board of Education will vote on Thursday to approve Grass’ hiring