Don Norton took over as the Head Coach of the
Johnson County Trojans in June 2007. In his five seasons as head coach JOCO
has posted a record of 41-14. Norton had been an assistant for the
Trojans during the last three seasons and was also an assistant for the
Trojans in 1998-2000. Norton came to Johnson County in 1998 along with then
Head Coach Bill Bonds and was the offensive coordinator. In 2000 the
Trojans had their most successful season in seven years. JOCO lost to
eventual state champion Commerce in the state quarterfinals that year.
Norton left the Trojans after the season to become Head Coach at Treutlen
County. He was the Head Coach at the school in Soperton for three
seasons before returning to Johnson County in 2004. In 2005 with
Norton now leading the defense the Trojans made it to the Georgia Dome and
the state semifinals. JOCO has a record of 51-20 in seasons that Coach
Norton was an assistant on the coaching staff. Prior to coming to Johnson
County in 1998 Norton coached at Washington-Wilkes under legendary coach
Butch Brooks. In his four seasons at the Wilkes County school they had a
record of 34-15 and a state runner-up finish. Nortonís other high school
coaching experience consists of 2 years as an assistant at Appling County.
Prior to his days coaching,
Norton was a standout punter for the Georgia Southern Eagles. He was a
member of two National Championship teams and one runner-up team. He
signed an NFL contract with the Buffalo Bills following his college career.
Don Norton is married to the
former Lara C. Brooks. They have two children, Kayelin and Brooks.