After nine seasons leading the Spartans, Laymarr Marshall has stepped down to accept a college coaching position.
This is probably one of the top two or three best jobs in Forsyth County. The facilities are top notch, they've got great history and tradition, and the community and demographics are ideal for a championship level program.
Mount Tabor has had some incredible runs over the course of the last 20-years including several big-time seasons. They last reached a state championship game in 2006.
I could see quite a number of candidates go after this one. If I were to speculate, this could be my short list.
1. Martin Samek: Head coach at Parkland, no way do I see him anyway other than the leading candidate. He spent a considerable amount of time at Mount Tabor as a defensive coordinator and really fits the mold. I'm not saying he'll want it or get the job, but he's got to be considered.
2. Pete Gilchrist: Head coach at North Forsyth, he's one of the top coaches in the county and would really fit in well at Tabor. He led teams to championships in the past, I could see him being able to maintain and build upon what Coach Marshall has established.
3. Richard Burton: Defensive Coordinator at Reagan, he comes from the Johnny Roscoe tree at Northern Guilford and he would be a stellar coach. In my opinion, he's a head coach in waiting that just needs an opportunity.
4. Maurice Flowers: I've touted him for jobs in the past, he would be a great addition at Tabor or anywhere.
5. Steve Burdeau: Former offensive coordinator at Richmond County, he's another head coach in waiting that needs an opportunity. He'd be a superstar at Tabor for certain.
6. Luke Little: Head coach at Whiteville, I know he's from the piedmont region and would probably love to get back to the center of the state. He's already got a tremendous resume at Whiteville, he'd do well at a big 4A school and he does have a connection to the Winston-Salem area with family that has coached in the region.
7. Will Clark: Former head coach at Crest is still searching for a job and would be a fantastic candidate for this job, he does have a state championship under his belt.
8. Matt Stack: Head coach at McMIchael, he still lives in Forsyth County and is a great young guy with potential.
9. David Hines: Defensive Coordinator at SE Guilford and a Davidson County native, he's another up and coming head coach that has ties to the community and head coaching experience.
10. Jeremy Buck: Assistant at Heritage and former head coach at Franklinton, Harding, and East Meck, another big-time up and coming head coach that would flourish at a big-time 4A school like Mount Tabor.
There are also some very capable assistant coaches on staff that I'm sure principal Ed Weiss will consider.