By Zach Shugan
The timing couldn’t have worked out much better for Fellowship Christian School, whose head football coach Al Morrell retired in December. Less than two weeks later, North Fulton coaching legend Tim McFarlin stepped down from his position across the street with Blessed Trinity.
It didn’t take long for the two newly-single parties to link up and ink a deal. Fellowship announced on Wednesday that McFarlin will take over as the head coach of the school’s football team.
“Coach McFarlin likes to build things,” Fellowship athletic director David Lowery said. “I’m excited for him to take the incredible program Coach Al Morrell has helped build the last eight years and continue to build upon that success. We were extremely blessed by the interest from many highly qualified candidates for our head football coach position. Our search committee worked diligently and extensively to vet the top choices.”
McFarlin is a North Fulton lifer, having graduated from Milton and coached at Roswell, King’s Ridge and Blessed Trinity. He is one of 15 coaches to win state championships at multiple schools, leading Roswell to a state title in 2006 and Blessed Trinity to three consecutive state titles from 2017-19. Blessed Trinity went undefeated in the 2020 regular season but fell to eventual Class 5A state champion Warner Robins in the quarterfinals.
Now, he is set to begin a new venture at Fellowship, where he hopes to take the program to new heights.
“Coach Al Morrell is a close friend whom I admire greatly,” McFarlin said. “He has established a high benchmark of success with the football program, and we will do everything we can to build upon the foundation that he has built.”
Morrell led the Paladins to a 66-26 record and three region titles in his eight years at the helm. The Paladins came one score away from winning their first state title in program history in 2016, when they lost 34-27 to Eagle’s Landing in the state championship.