Central Gwinnett is turning to a figure somewhat familiar to Gwinnett high school basketball fans to fill the coaching vacancy in its boys program.
Emmett Rouse, a veteran coach with nearly two decades of head coaching experience, including a previous stop at South Gwinnett, will take over the Black Knights program, athletics director Eddie Hood announced earlier this week.
He will replace Branden Mayweather, who resigned last month in order to take the head coaching job at Lanier, and Hood wasted no time filling the position with someone with plenty of experience and familiarity with the basketball scene in Gwinnett County.
“Whenever you lose a coach that had a positive impact on your school, you want to find someone that can have an equal or greater impact,” Hood said in a statement released late Thursday. “That is why I am excited about the experiences, work ethic, high character, and discipline that Coach Rouse will bring with him as he takes over the (boys) basketball programs at Central Gwinnett. His experience and winning record throughout his career is testament to how he builds positive relationships with his student athletes and holds them accountable while pushing them on and off the court to be successful young men of character.
“Central is excited about establishing a winning tradition both on and off the court with Coach Rouse, and we are excited about his positive impact on our community.”
Rouse brings plenty of winning experience to Central, including 389 total wins and nine state tournament appearances with stops at Josey in Augusta, Southwest Macon, South and Osborne in Cobb County, one of which came when he guided South to the Sweet 16 of the Class AAAAA tournament in 2009.
And after taking a year off of coaching last season, he says he comes back re-energized and ready to elevate the Black Knights’ program, and is especially excited to be returning to Gwinnett.
“I just wanted to get back into coaching,” Rouse said. “This is a high quality area. When I was at South I knew Central had some good talented over here. I’m really looking forward to the high level of competition here.”
THE ROUSE FILE
Name: Emmett Rouse
New position: Head boys basketball coach at South Gwinnett
Former position: Head boys basketball coach at Osborne
Career record: 389-167
Education: Graduated from Josey HS in Augusta in 1988; graduated from Brewton Parker College in ’93
Background: Played at Josey and Brewton Parker as a forward; high school coaching experience came at Josey as an assistant and Butler as JV coach, as well as head coaching experience at Josey, South Gwinnett, Southwest Macon and Osborne. Has led three of those previous teams to at least one appearance in the Sweet 16 of the state tournament