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Jason Gibson to step down as DCHS athletic director

After four years as assistant principal and athletic director of Dawson County High School, Jason Gibson has announced his resignation from both roles. 

Gibson has accepted a position at Rabun County High School, where he will be the new community school director and assistant athletic director. Gibson also told Dawson County News that he plans to return to a coaching role as a football and basketball coach. 

Gibson was the head coach of the Jefferson High School girls basketball team for 12 years prior to his move to Dawson County. 

“When we first decided to leave Jefferson, where I grew up my entire life,” Gibson said, “Dawson County and Rabun County would have been the only two places we would have considered. We love Dawsonville and have no regrets or hard feelings that are causing the move.” 

Gibson spent time coaching basketball at Emmanuel College and coached basketball and cross-county at the University of North Georgia before coming to Dawson County and a return to coaching is something Gibson said he was “excited and looking forward to.” 

Gibson’s eldest son, Jasper, graduated after two years at DCHS and moved on to play basketball collegiately at Emmanuel. Jaden Gibson, a sophomore, was voted Dawson County football’s Most Valuable Player by the coaching staff and first team All-Region for both football and basketball. 

During his tenure, Gibson made three hires: Lady Tigers basketball head coach Eric Herrick, Tigers basketball head coach Todd Cottrell and most recently, Lady Tigers softball coach Justin Rickett. 

Herrick stepped into his role as the Tigers head basketball coach in 2019 and won the region and after making a move to the Lady Tigers basketball team, Cottrell kept the momentum rolling, winning a region title for the third year in a row. 

“The one thing that might bother me is the feeling of having unfinished business here in Dawson,” Gibson said. “However, these hires along with the culture in place here at Dawson are definitely pushing Dawson County in the right direction.” 

Gibson will finish the rest of this school year before moving on to Rabun County High.