By Ryne Dennis, FNF Coaches Contributor
For more than 60 years, Maloof has been a name synonymous with high school football in Georgia. As Keith Maloof enters his 20th year at Norcross, he reflects on what the sport has meant to his family.
On the career wins tally board, Norcross coach Keith Maloof’s 173 put him just two behind his brother, Kevin, a milestone he’ll likely surpass during the 2018 season.
The topic isn’t discussed often by the pair, but Keith did manage to rib his retired brother recently.
“I told him that I might retire after I get one more than he does,” Keith said with a hearty laugh.
The Maloof name is as synonymous with high school football as Friday nights.
Nearly every year since 1958, when the brothers’ late father George began coaching at St. Pius X, a Maloof has graced the sideline as head coach at a Georgia high school.
Kevin coached at Loganville before launching Meadowcreek’s football program in 1986. In 1991 he took over at Dacula and led the Falcons until health reasons forced him into retirement in 2010.
Keith began at Tucker in 1996 and coached three seasons before taking over Norcross, a place he’s about to begin his 20th season.
“It’s something that was ingrained in me when I was younger,” Keith said.” It wasn’t forced on me or Kevin. We enjoyed it and saw the impact that Dad had on a lot of kids. We just enjoyed that atmosphere of Friday night football and going to games our whole life.”
Something special indeed.
Norcross had just one region title to its name in the 50 years before Keith came aboard, but the Blue Devils have five region titles and a pair of state championships (2012 and 2013) all while playing in Georgia High School Association’s top classifications.
Q&A with Norcross (Ga.) coach Keith Maloof
Do you typically run the same scheme every year, or do you adjust it to your personnel?
“It’s year to year. One year you might have great running backs and another year something else. You have to be able to change with the times and your talent.”
Does that make for more prep work in between seasons?
“It goes in cycles, especially at the high school level, because you can’t recruit, so you have to coach what you have. We have to adapt, like with our receivers, we’ve done a very good job of putting them in position to be successful. It shows by how many we have in the pros and by how many we’ve had go play college football.”
The Keith Maloof Profile
Team: Norcross High (Ga.)
Years at Norcross: 20
Career Record: 173-76
Accomplishments: 5 Region titles, 2 state championships (2012, 2013)
Pro Prospects: Former players like Lorenzo Carter and Alvin Kamara, last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, are examples of players Maloof believes he’s used to the best of their abilities.
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