Football is big business in Georgia as the following article excerpt from Jacksonville’s First Coast News has the specifics:
Georgia high school football coaches continue to score with big $100,000-plus salaries. At least 44 high school football coaches earned a six-figure salary for the 2017-2018 school year, according to records obtained by First Coast News.
Since the 2014-2015 school year, the number of coaches making at least $100,000 has doubled. “I know the numbers look kind of lofty on paper,” said Camden County Athletic Director and former head coach Welton E. Coffey II. “It has a lot to do with what that coach brings to the table.”
The top three earners in Georgia last year – Colquitt County’s Rush Propst ($141.870.13), Rome High’s John Reid ($129,700.00) and Ware County’s Franklin Stephens ($128,225.52) – also appeared on last year’s list. Reid was not on the list in 2014-2015.
Propst, the highest paid high school football coach in Georgia, was fired Thursday after a paid suspension and district and state investigation, according to multiple reports. The reason for his termination is unknown. Colquitt County School officials declined to comment.
Big Business: Number of Georgia high school football coaches making six-figure salaries has doubled in five years