SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - New Hampstead is set to name McEachern head coach Kyle Hockman as the Phoenix’s new head football coach.
An official announcement will come from the school soon, but WTOC has been told Hockman has accepted the job.
It’s a surprising move for the former McEachern head coach. Hockman went 103-32 in eleven seasons with the Indians, winning five region titles along the way. He has a 118-39 career coaching record.
Hockman is leaving one of the premier programs in metro Atlanta for a Phoenix program that just won its first state playoff game in just five years of existence.
“Life is about more than just the biggest press box, the biggest jumbotron, and the biggest weight room,” Hockman says.
Hockman says this move gives his family a chance to move to the beach house they’ve been remodeling. and his wife a chance to retire from nursing.
“My wife and I have been preparing for this move for the last eight to ten years,” Hockman told WTOC Sports over the phone. “The timing is just perfect.”
Hockman will take over the program from interim head coach Thomas Tedder, who announced last week he had accepted the defensive coordinator job at Brunswick.
The veteran head coach says he’s looking forward to helping continue to build the Phoenix program, which has had just one winning season in its short history.
“It’s going to take some time. But I think people will be excited to come see it,” he says.
Hockman says he is bringing a “contemporary” offense to New Hampstead. The Indians averaged at least 34 points per game in ten of his eleven seasons.
“It’s an exciting style of offense. We’re going to throw it around, play with a lot of tempo," he says. “We’re going to let players play and utilize their talent the best we can.”
Hockman says one thing he’s excited to help build at New Hampstead is the Phoenix’s recruiting profile. He says he’s had 150-plus college signees in his 11 seasons at McEachern. He says a major focus will be developing a “great QB.” Hockman has had seven consecutive starting quarterbacks sign full scholarships, including his son Bailey, who is now at North Carolina State.
He says the biggest part of becoming a great program is player development.
“We’re going to help develop these young men,” he says. “We have to develop their body, mind, soul, and spirit.”