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HCHS Boys' Basketball Coach Marsh Announces Retirement, Gibbs Named Head Coach

Hart County High School head boys’ basketball coach Harry Marsh officially announced his retirement today, passing the torch to assistant coach Matt Gibbs who was named the new head coach of the program.

“Coach Marsh is a class act. We’ve been very fortunate to have him leading our program and mentoring our next head coach,” Superintendent Jay Floyd said. “We will miss him and his influence on our players. We love him and his family dearly.”

Marsh is retiring after spending 21 seasons, in two separate stints, with the Hart County Bulldogs. As a head coach in Georgia, Marsh recorded more than 650 career wins and led the Bulldogs to a state championship in 1986, a state runners-up trophy in 2019, and multiple region championships.

“I’ve been blessed and fortunate to spend 21 years at Hart County,” Marsh said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “...I want to thank the Board of Education, Superintendent Floyd, Principal Gaines, former Athletic Director Rance Gillespie, and current Athletic Director Cory Dickerson for giving me the opportunity to come back in 2019 to coach for four more years here. I feel like I’ve been truly blessed and honored to be able to do that. It’s been a lot of fun. I know the program is going to be in great hands.”

After Marsh announced his retirement, Principal Kevin Gaines announced assistant coach Matt Gibbs would be the next head coach for the Hart County High School boys’ basketball program. Gibbs, a 2003 Hart County High School graduate who played collegiate basketball at Georgia College and State University and Emmanuel College, started his coaching career as a student assistant at Martin Methodist College before becoming an assistant coach, and then head coach, for the East Jackson High School girls’ basketball team.

“Coach Gibbs is a professional in everything that he does. He has worked hard and has earned this opportunity. We look forward to the positive influence he will have on our student athletes,” Superintendent Jay Floyd said.

“We’re sad about coach Marsh leaving and retiring … but we’re also excited about the direction under our new coach, so it’s my privilege to introduce our new basketball coach, Matt Gibbs,” Gaines said.

Gibbs thanked God, his family, the Hart County Board of Education, Superintendent Floyd, the administration at Hart County High School, youth basketball coaches in Hart County, former coaches, and coach Marsh, among others.

“I am honored, I’m excited, and I’m extremely thankful and grateful to be stepping into a position that has been a dream of mine and a career goal since I donned the orange and black two decades ago as a player,” Gibbs said. “...I plan to continue the excellence of Hart County boys’ basketball (Harry Marsh) firmly established. He and coach Burch have led this program to a level of prominence in which we are on a short list of premiere basketball programs in the state of Georgia and the Southeast United States.”

“My constant message to our players is that we have two overarching goals.The first, most importantly, has already been alluded to here today. We want to aid in developing these young men into men of character and integrity,” Gibbs said. “We want to help them become sons, brothers, eventually husbands and fathers that are leaders and make Hart County and the world a better place. Secondly, we want to hang banners. We want to win championships. I have been, and I will continue to pursue these goals with unrelenting passion and work ethic.”