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Board approves Chad Pittman as boys basketball coach
Chad Pittman coached for two seasons with Chestatee High before he was approved Monday to become the new boys basketball coach at Dawson County High.

During the April meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education, the board voted to approve Chad Pittman as the new head boys' basketball coach at Dawson County High School.

Pittman has 15 years of experience as a head coach with six state tournament appearances, according DCHS Principal Richard Crumley.

He comes to Dawson County from Chestatee High School where he has coached the varsity boys program since 2014.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity at Dawson County," Pittman said. "All you are hearing about Dawson County right now is good things both academically and athletically."

Pittman will be replacing longtime Coach Thad Burgess, who announced earlier this year that he has accepted a head coach position at Oconee High School.

"Burgess has done a great job with the program," he said.

While Pittman said he's excited about the future as the varsity team will be returning all of its players from last year, he realizes there are expectations.

"The high expectations, that's exciting as well. It just ups the competition and the play," he said.

Pittman will meet with parents at 6 p.m. Thursday night in the Dawson County High auditorium to talk about his vision for Tiger basketball as well as summer plans.

A University of Georgia graduate with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education, he began coaching basketball at Johnson High School for the 9th grade boys, junior varsity boys program and as an assistant for the varsity boys' team.

From there he moved to Jackson County High School as the varsity girls' basketball coach and Duluth High School as the varsity girls' basketball coach.

Pittman will also be teaching math at Dawson County.