Matt Harris steps down as Gaston football coach


Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy

The Matt Harris era at Gaston has ended.
The school’s head football coach resigned his position earlier this week, closing out his tenure with the Bulldogs after three seasons.
GHS assistant football coach and head baseball coach Jesse Pruitt confirmed that he will act as interim head coach until Harris’ replacement is hired.
Gaston compiled a 5-25 record under Harris, pictured above at the 2022 Etowah County Football Media Day. The program was forced to forfeit the final two games of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. The Bulldogs went 3-7 last season while competing in Class 2A Region 6.
Harris served as offensive line coach an offensive coordinator at Sardis for several seasons before coming to Gaston.
A 1999 graduate of West End High School, Harris played football for Randy Hallmark during his freshman, sophomore and junior years and for Butch Dixon his senior year. The Patriots went 32-13 with four state playoff appearances with Harris on the roster.

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