How a new coach at Memorial Day School is leading transition to eight-man football


Change is in the air with the Memorial Day School athletic program.

The Matadors have recently hired a new athletic director, a new football coach and announced that the football program will be moving to the eight-man format competing in the Georgia Independent Athletic Association.

Memorial Day parted ways with head football coach Jaha Taylor in February at the same time it announced the move to 8-man football next season. Taylor, who had coached the Matadors for two seasons, didn’t agree with the move and is looking to land a job as an assistant coach in the Savannah area.

The school also announced the hiring of a new athletic director as Andrea Bagnall stepped in to run the program last month. She has more than 40 years of experience, and moved to Savannah from Arizona, where she was the Director of Sports Medicine at Eastern Arizona College.

The school announced the hiring of a new football coach last week as Zane Rowland took over the reins of a program with a history of success in GIAA that includes six state championships competing in 11-man football, with the most recent coming in 2017. Rowland has experience including working as an assistant at Valdosta High, and most recently at Savannah High, where he was the offensive coordinator last season for the Blue Jackets.

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Zane Rowland has been hired as the head football coach at Memorial Day School.

“We thought he was the perfect fit because Coach Rowland is young, dynamic and has a lot of energy,” said Bagnall, a graduate of the University of…

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Publish date : 2024-03-28 08:06:18

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