This story was updated Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 6:25 p.m. with more information.
After five seasons as South Pittsburg High School's football defensive coordinator, Shawn Peek has accepted an offer to become the head coach at Chattooga High in Summerville, Georgia.
Peek is a former head coach at North Jackson (Alabama), where he compiled a 50-13 record from 2009 to 2013, reaching the Class 4A quarterfinals twice and the semifinals once. Peek coached at North Jackson a total of 12 seasons, with the other seven as defensive coordinator, helping the Chiefs claim 10 region titles and average 12 wins per season that included a state runner-up finish.
"I wasn't looking to leave South Pittsburg at all, but I got a call over the Christmas break to meet, and things just went real fast from there," Peek said. "It's a really good opportunity for me and my family, and I'm looking forward to getting started."
A 1985 Pisgah (Alabama) graduate, Peek has been a head coach for 16 years, having also headed up programs at his alma mater as well as North Sand Mountain and Dade County and compiling an overall record of 97-78.
Peek replaces Charles Hammon, who compiled an overall record of 37-32 in five seasons with the program. Chattooga finished 5-6 last season but has reached the playoffs each of the last six years.
"Coach Peek came into the interview with a simple plan that has obviously worked well at programs in similar communities to ours," Chattooga athletic director Barry Peppers said. "When we finished our meeting with him, we all knew we had found our man. His experience and success are very impressive.
"We've reached the playoffs each of the last six seasons, and that's not good enough here anymore. We want to take that next step and believe his confidence and excitement is something that will carry over to our players and take our program to the next level."
South Pittsburg had a 57-10 overall record during Peek's time as defensive coordinator with four region titles, and the Pirates' defense allowed just nine points per game last season.
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