Varsity Boys – Head Coach
Coach Gifford is a Metro-Atlanta native who played high school soccer at Parkview High School (1997-2001) before moving on to play at Presbyterian College (2001-2005). At Presbyterian College he was a 4-year Varsity letterman and a 3-year member of the Academic All-Conference team. Coach Gifford previously spent 9 years as an assistant coach at Shiloh High School, Parkview High School, and Lambert High School. This is Coach Gifford’s 8th year as the head Varsity Boys’ soccer coach at Forsyth Central High School and his 17th year coaching high school soccer in Metro-Atlanta. Coach Gifford also teaches World History at Forsyth Central. He is supported by his wife Rebekah and their four children: Micah (12), Hannah (10), Noah (8), and Gabe (newborn).
2016: 12-6; Forsyth County Coach of the Year; Forsyth County News Coach of the Year
2017: 9-9; 1st round AAAAAAA state playoffs
2018: 9-8-2; 1st round AAAAAAA state playoffs
2019: 13-6; 2nd round AAAAAAA state playoffs
2020: 7-1 (season ended 3/13); Region 5 AAAAAAA Coach of the Year; Forsyth County Coach of the Year; Forsyth County News Coach of the Year
2021: 14-5; AAAAAAA State Quarterfinalists; Region 6AAAAAAA Champions; Region 6AAAAAAA Coach of the Year
Varsity Boys – Assistant Coach
Coach Mallalieu is entering his 11th year of teaching and coaching. Coach Mallalieu played high school football, basketball and track at Stephens County High School (2000-2004). He went on to play collegiate soccer and basketball at Toccoa Falls College (2004-2008). At TFC he was a 4-Year Varsity Letterman for both sports, a 4-Time NCCAA South All-Conference Selection for Soccer, a 2-Time Scholar-Athlete Recipient from the NCCAA, a 3-time Best Defensive TFC Basketball and Soccer Award Winner, and 2007 TFC MVP Soccer Player as selected by teammates and coaches. Coach Mallalieu has a National Class D Soccer Coaching License. He has been a Soccer Assistant Coach at Stephens County Middle School and Numonohi Christian Academy in Papua New Guinea. He has also coached Club Soccer with the NGSA Rapids Futbol Club. Coach Mallalieu has coached Quarterbacks and Receivers with Hart County Varsity Football, been the Head Track and Field Coach at Hart County High School and most recently was the Head Varsity Boy Basketball Coach at Hart County High School. This is coach Mallalieu’s 3rd season as the Varsity assistant coach. He is supported by his wife Ashley Mallalieu, also a teacher at FCHS, and their three children: Elle (6), Selah (3), and Everlee (6mo.).
Junior Varsity Boys – Head Coach
Coach Rick Corwin is entering his 30th year of high school soccer coaching, and his 7th season as a JV coach at Forsyth Central. Prior to coming to Central, Coach Corwin began the girls’ soccer program at Lovejoy High School in 1995, leading them to an 11-2 record and a GHSA Top Ten ranking in 1998. He also coached varsity girls at Stockbridge, Dawson County, and Woodland-Stockbridge. His Dawson County girls won the Area Championship and qualified for the GHSA Playoffs in 2010, and his 2013 Woodland girls compiled a school-best record of 13-5 and qualified for the GHSA Playoffs for the first time in school history (they advanced to the second round in 2014). Additionally, Coach Corwin coached the Varsity boys for two years at Fayette County High School, guiding them to their 19th consecutive GHSA playoff appearance. He has compiled over 150 career victories at the varsity level, and has sent over 35 high school players to college on scholarships. He holds a US Soccer D License (1996), a US Soccer Goalkeeping Special Topics certificate, and the Goalkeeping Level 1 and Level 2 certificates. He also has over ten years of club coaching experience. Coach Corwin is married to Jody, a fifth-grade teacher at Cumming Elementary; together they have two children, Emily (21), a graduate of Forsyth Central, and Charlie (15), a current 10th grader at Forsyth Central HS.
Junior Varsity Boys – Assistant Head Coach
Coach Harpstrite is from Dallas, Texas where he grew up playing club soccer for the Denton Tornados until 1991. He moved on to play at the college level at Brookhaven College for two years. As a freshman at Brookhaven, he was named Freshman Player of the Year. The following year, he was Team MVP before taking a Scholarship to Texas Wesleyan University, an NAIA Division 1 program. Upon leaving Texas Wesleyan, Coach Harpstrite joined the DFW Torros in the USL for 2 years. Coach Harpstrite has spent the last 10 years working with United Futbol Academy as a technical skills trainer and club coach. For the last 4 years, he has been the head coach of the JV program at Cambridge High School and an assistant coach to the Varsity program. Coach Harpstrite holds several national coaching badges and a degree in Kinesiology. He has two sons that attend(ed) FCHS: Brody & Aidan. His wife, Shaun, teaches 8th grade ELA at Otwell Middle School. Coach Harpstrite is excited to be working with all of the players this year and looks forward to helping them reach their goals in the program.
Program Goalkeeper Coach
Coach Conlin is a Metro-Atlanta native who played high school soccer at Grayson High School (2012-2016) before moving on to play at Brewton-Parker College (2016-2018). At Brewton-Parker he was a 2-year Varsity letterman and was a member of the SSAC Champions of Character team. Coach Conlin has spent the past 4 years coaching club soccer at All-in FC Sugar Hill as an academy boys coach, GK coach, and currently as the 07 Girls GPL coach. Coach Conlin has also spent the last 3 years coaching high school GKs, in Gwinnett, at Grayson HS (2 years) and Peachtree Ridge HS (1 year) . This is Coach Conlin’s 1st year coaching and teaching at Forsyth Central and his 1st year in Education. Coach Conlin also teaches Geometry at Forsyth Central. He is supported by his wife Katie, and they are expecting their first child Spring 2022.