Bishop Verot found its new head football coach by looking to an old familiar face.
Bill Shields is returning to the school where he served as defensive coordinator, track coach and athletic director over a five-year span that started in 1987. He takes over the reins from Phil Dorn, who resigned after nine seasons to accept a position as offensive coordinator at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala.
"We were looking for a dynamic leader with a proven track record and someone who appreciates what it means to coach in a Catholic school," said Verot principal John Cavell in a prepared statement. "We feel Bill best met that requirement and will be an excellent addition, not only for our football program, but for our entire school community. We're confident he will meet the task of developing and implementing an exemplary football program that will effectively provide the best possible education for each student athlete."
Shields was coaching football, track and tennis at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., for the past 11 years and was inducted into the Bishop Verot Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He left Verot to become head football coach at Titusville Astronaut High School for five seasons, compiling an overall record of 41-14.