Bob Christmas Head Football Coach North Hall High School_ GA

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					                        Bob Christmas
                    Head Football Coach
                  North Hall High School, GA
         During his coaching career of thirty-one years, Robert M. Christmas has been in the
construction business, and when he takes on a building project, he builds his “houses” out of
          Literally, one of his most recent accomplishments involved directing a capital campaign
which raised over two million dollars for the improvement of facilities at North Hall High
School (NHHS) in Gainesville, Georgia. The North Hall community proudly calls the results of
this campaign “The Brickyard.”
         More importantly, while serving as the head football coach at four different high schools,
Christmas has laid the foundations for solid programs which resulted in winning seasons and
state appearances. During a five year run at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Virginia,
Christmas compiled a record of 59 – 16, led the team to three state championship appearances
and two consecutive AA State Championship titles in 1992 and 1993, and his team compiled the
most wins in Central Virginia during the 1990’s. Over the last six years, he rebuilt the
dilapidated program at NHHS, leading the team to a 59 – 13 record, three 7 AAA Region
Championships, and a final four season in 2007.
         Christmas has shared some of his plans for success in a book entitled Defending the
Wing-T with the Split 4-4 Defense, which he co-wrote with Coach Ronnie Eaves. Coaches
Choice published this book in 2009, and football personalities such as Frank Beamer, head
football coach of Virginia Tech, Rickey Bustle, head football coach of the University of
Louisiana at Lafayette, and Anthony Poindexter, running backs coach and assistant special teams
coordinator at the University of Virginia have endorsed this text.
         While rebuilding facilities and stacking up wins for these football programs, Christmas
has also worked to build the characters of the young men who play on his teams. He uses the
football field to teach these athletes about the real mortar of life. Referencing his pyramid
philosophy, he builds his success on foundations of truth and character qualities such as integrity,
passion, perseverance, loyalty, and consistency.
         During his career, Christmas has received several honors that reflect the longevity of his
success. The Gainesville Times named him the All Area Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006, and
2007. In 2006 and 2007, he was the Region 7AAA Coach of the Year. In 1998 he was named the
Region 1, AAAAA, Georgia Coach of the Year, and in 1993 the Virginia High School Coaches
Association recognized him as their Coach of the Year. In 1991, the News and Daily Advance,
WDBJ AA, and the Seminole District also named him Coach of the Year. In addition to these
titles, he has coached in several all star games.
         A more intangible mark of his success happens off the field when players such as North
Hall High School senior Peyton Wilhoite quote Christmas and explain how these quotes continue
to direct their attitudes about living. According to Wilhoite, Christmas often tells his players,
“You are in control of your own destiny.” Wilhoite acknowledged that this quote has taught him
that you are in control of what happens, and you can’t depend on others for success. Success
depends on how much effort and work you put in to it. Several athletes like Wilhoite have left
the football field equipped with this philosophy to build their own “brickyards.”

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