Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line
Coach Halbrooks is a native of Paulding County, and attended East Paulding High School. While at East, Coach Halbrooks lettered in football, wrestling and track and was a captain his senior year. Coach Halbrooks Earned his Social Studies degree from Kennesaw State University in 2002, and a Master’s degree in 2009 from Georgia Southern University. This is Coach Halbrooks 18th year coaching and his 12th at Hiram.
He coached previously at Dobbins Middle School for 2 years, and the Acworth Youth program for 3 years before that.
Email : DHalbrooks@Paulding.k12.ga.us
Coach Matt Hardage is a native of Powder Springs, GA. He is a 1995 graduate of John McEachern High School where he played football. He attended Kennesaw State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science Education in 2000.
He also earned a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University in 2009. Prior to Hiram, he was an assistant offensive line coach for 5 years and assistant defensive line coach 1 year at McEachern High School. This is his 11th year at Hiram. This year Coach Hardage will coach the Tight Ends. His teaching duties include World History and World Geography at Hiram High School.
Coach Hardage is married to his wife Christian
Coach Moson is married to his wife Carol; they have son Brad, and daughter Kelly and one stepchild Little Burggie. They have three grandchildren Jaylen, Gianna and EJ. Coach Moson is a graduate of Westfield High School and Springfield College in Massachusetts where he also played football. He has coached for 43 years
Coach Stone is entering his 25th year coaching and 14th year at Hiram. He teaches math and coordinates the defense and coaches the safety’s. Previously he coached 5 years at Morrow High School, 3 years at Glynn Academy, 3 years at East Paulding High School and 8 previous years at Hiram High School.
Coach Stone is married to the former Leigh Williams of Molena, GA. The have two sons Levi (18), Jake(7) and one daughter Kate(15).
Recruiting Coordinator / Wide Receivers
This is Coach Steele’s 4th year coaching at Hiram, returning after 11 years. He previously coached at Carver High School and Woodland High School before returning to Hiram. Coach Steele is a native of Gordon County and this is his 17th year coaching. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University where he earned his
B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He also has a Master’s degree is ESEP and EBD from Walden University. Coach Steele was a member of the Valdosta State University football team. He will be responsible for coaching the Varsity WR’s and serves as the Recruiting Coordinator. He also serves as the Head Track Coach.
Coach Steele has been married to his wife, Olivia, for 17 years. They have one son, Silas (9).
Defensive Backs/ Strength & Conditioning
Coach Brown is entering his fourth year of coaching at Hiram High School. He is a Central-Carrollton High School 2007 graduate, where he lettered all four years in Football and Track. He was an All-Area wide receiver selection his senior year at Central-Carrollton. Coach Brown received a Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of West Georgia. He currently teaches Physical Education at Hal Hutchens Elementary.
Coach Brown has been married to his wife, Shatari, for 3 years. They have one son, Rhyland (5 months)
Offensive Line Assistant Coach
This will be Coach Burgess’s second year with Hiram. He is an Athens, Ga native where he played high school football at Cedar Shoals High School where as a senior he was a part of the All-Northeast Georgia football team. He played college football at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of West Georgia where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education. Coach Burgess is currently a Math teacher at J.A. Dobbins Middle School. Coach Burgess will be coaching the Hiram offensive line alongside Coach Moson this year.
Coach Jeff Ford is entering his third year at Hiram High School. Jeff graduated high school from Southside, Alabama where he played football and basketball. He then entered the United States Air Force where he became an F-16 Crew Chief. After the Air Force, he would finish college at Gadsden State with a Networking Degree and work for Progress Rail Company. Coach Ford then went to Shorter University to receive his Bachelor of Science in Early Education and Special Education. His first coaching position was at Cedartown High School in 2008 – 2010. Coach Ford then spent one year in Rome High in 2011 before transferring to the Paulding County area to teach special education at Poole Elementary and coaching for East Paulding in 2012. After that year, he came over to Hiram and has felt at home. He has a beautiful fiancé, Amanda Filiat. A beautiful daughter named Mattie Kate and two soon to be awesome step-sons names Logan and Wyatt.
Special Teams Coordinator / Kickers
Coach Mount is a native of Silver Creek, GA. He is a 1993 graduate of Pepperell High School where he played football, wrestled and participated in track. Coach Mount attended Cumberland College and Jacksonville State University where he played offensive and defensive line. Coach Mount has 19 years of coaching experience in Middle and High School sports. This is his 3rd year working with the Hiram football program and he will be responsible for Special Teams Coordination. This is Coach Mount’s 4th year as assistant wrestling coach and assistant track coach.
Coach Owens, a Hiram alumni, returns to Hiram as a member of the offensive staff, as the quarterback coach. Coach Owens has 6 years of coaching experience, 4 years at Temple High School, and he is approaching his third year at Hiram. Throughout his coaching experience, Owens has coached multiple sports including football, basketball, and track; sports in which he competed in as a Hornet. After high school, Coach Owens played football at Tusculum College and Jacksonville State University. At Hiram High School, Owens is also the boy’s Track Head Coach and he teaches the Web Development pathway.
Sean Amos is entering his first year with Hiram High School, and his third year as a certified athletic trainer. He is a native of Bolingbroke, GA, and graduated with his B.S. degree in athletic training from Valdosta State University. After VSU, Sean worked with the football and track and field teams as a graduate assistant at Troy University, while earning his Master’s degree in Sport and Fitness Management. Sean met his fiancé, Elizabeth Holmes, while attending Valdosta State University, and will be marrying her this September.
9th Grade Head Coach
Michael Marra comes to Hiram after four seasons at Georgia Highlands College. Marra is the architect of Charger baseball as he started the program from scratch in 2012. In 3 seasons at GHC, Marra help promote 16 players on to scholarship schools and one player drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Prior to his arrival in Georgia, Marra came from New York State, where he taught physical education for 22 years and coached for 12 in a high-school environment. He coached baseball at Sullivan County Community College in New York, where he resurrected the college’s baseball program, which had not fielded a team since 1986. In creating that program he outlined a three-year plan for success. In the program’s second year the college’s team reached the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XV Final Four, then won the NJCAA Region XV championship the following year. Marra also served as assistant director of athletics and as an adjunct instructor in the physical education department at Sullivan County Community College. While coaching high-school teams, Marra was named the 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association Region I High-School Baseball Coach of the Year. He was named coach of the year three times by the Kingston Daily Freeman and once by the Times Herald Middletown Record. He was also recognized by his peers as the as the American Baseball Coaches Association NJCAA Region XV Baseball Coach of the Year in 2008. Marra holds a Master of Education from the State University of New York at Cortland and a Bachelor of Science in physical education from SUNY Brockport.
9th Grade Assistant Coach
Married to Christi Jones and have 3 children Indiana Jones 11th Grade, Mon- tana Jones 8th Grade, and Arizona Jones 4th Grade.
1990-1994 Mt. Zion(Carroll) High School, Community Football and Baseball Coach
1994-2000 Jonesboro High School Assistant Football and Baseball Coach
2000-2005 Mt. Zion (Jonesboro) High School Assistant Football (2000-2001) Head Baseball (2000-2005), Head Softball (2003-2004)
2005-Present Hiram High School Assistant Baseball (2006-2007)
23nd year of teaching Social Studies
Coach Lindley is a 2009 graduate of Hiram High School where he lettered three years of varsity football. He has been part of the staff since 2009