Ryle will succeed Harry Miles in leading North Cobb Christian’s young program after its previous hire made a month ago backed out a week after accepting the position.
Ryle was most recently the offensive coordinator at Southwest Christian School in Fort Worth, Texas. He also has public-school coaching experience as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Centennial High School in Champaign, Ill.
Ryle played quarterback at Milligan College in Tennessee.
Ryle couldn’t be reached for comment, but he said in a release from the school that he was “really excited to be joining the staff at North Cobb Christian.”
“I support the same mission at NCCS and believe in developing student-athletes to not lonely achieve athletic success, but also to ultimately make a difference in Christ.”
North Cobb Christian initially hired former Landmark Christian coach Kenny Dallas to replace Miles, who returned to his hometown of Savannah to get into private business.
But Dallas changed his mind a week later, opting to stay at his current school in Franklin, Tenn. North Cobb Christian athletic director Keith Bollinger said Dallas reconsidered so he wouldn’t have to relocate his family twice in a one-year span.
In Bollinger’s second attempt in seeking a football coach, he said he wanted to pursue someone who had both private- and public-school experience, and Ryle met the qualifications.
“After going through the ups and downs of our last coach’s hire, we put our feelers back out and went down our list,” Bollinger said. “Scott stood out along with couple of other guys. We brought him in 10 days ago and he liked what he saw and we liked what we saw.”
Ryle is expected to be on campus May 6 to meet with players and parents before spring football begins one week later.
North Cobb Christian, which had fewer than 35 players on its preseason roster last fall, has yet to get off the ground since launching a program five seasons ago. The Eagles set a team record last fall with three wins — one of which came via forfeit — and the program has a 6-40 overall record.
“(Ryle) understands what he is getting himself into with us being a building program,” Bollinger said. “His willingness to do that was what sold us the most.”