Murray County Hires Kurt Napier as New Football Coach

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (WDEF) — There’s a new chief in Murray County. The Indians hired Kurt Napier, son of legendary Murray County coach Bill Napier, Monday.

Kurt played quarterback for his dad before moving on to coaching. He spent a year coaching receivers at Thomas County Central and five years as the running backs coach at Callaway. During his time at Callaway, Napier coached two all-state running backs and helped the Cavaliers to the fourth round of the playoffs.

Since moving back to Chatsworth five years ago, he’s been the Indians defensive coordinator and, most recently, the head coach at Gladden Middle School. Gladden went to the playoffs and finished third in the league in 2021.

“My wife and I were ecstatic,” Napier said, after getting the offer to coach his alma mater. “My little girls are just excited for dad and that sort of thing. It’s just kind of surreal, being in my hometown and trying to represent for Murray County and make this community proud. We’re really fired up. Just feel ready and prepared to continue my dad’s legacy.”

Bill Napier is revered as one of the best coaches to come through Murray County. Under his leadership, the Indians went went to the quarterfinals after back-to-back ten win seasons in 1999 and 2000.

“I certainly expect our offense to be very different look. It will be much more explosive and spread the field. Just get the ball in the air a little bit but also have a powerful running game. Defensively, we’ll be more aggressive. I’m kind of known for blitzing and sending a little pressure.”

Napier helped with offseason workouts in 2021 and has picked up right where he left off. The Indians have already held two workouts in just two days since Napier was offered the job.

Napier is also the younger bother of Billy Napier, the current head coach at Florida.

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