Because students, players, teachers and coaches are kept apart by the coronavirus, Tuesday was even tougher for the Mountain View community. All the Bears could use a gathering and a hug.
The high school spent Tuesday mourning the loss of head football coach Rob Kellogg, who passed away unexpectedly in the early afternoon. Rest in peace messages and condolences from other Gwinnett football coaches and athletic staffs began to fill social media Tuesday evening as word got around that one of the good guys of high school coaching had passed away.
“Coach Kellogg was a genuine, wise and quiet leader in our building,” Mountain View principal Keith Chaney said. “He loved his players and coaches and would do anything for them. He would do absolutely anything that we asked of him for Mountain View High School. He will be incredibly missed.”
Kellogg coached at Mountain View since 2015, serving as offensive coordinator for three seasons before being promoted to head coach in Feb. 2018. He led the Bears to the state playoffs each of his two seasons as head coach.
The on-field successes are only a small portion of what those in the community remember most about Kellogg, who was 58. He also was a beloved teacher at Mountain View who had degrees in economics, history and education.
“Coach Kellogg only cared about the kids, and he just always wanted to be there for them,” Mountain View defensive coordinator Ricky Aspinwall said. “He didn’t really care about anything else that came with being a head coach. The only thing he wanted to be was a role model for those boys and be there for them. That’s who he was.”
Kellogg, who suffered from diabetes, stepped on a nail last summer and had infection complications that kept him from coaching early in the season. He returned during the season and coached from the press box. The infection caused him issues and he spent much of 2020 in the hospital, but had returned home in recent weeks and was encouraged about a recovery.
He is survived by his wife Linda, their daughter Jessica and son-in-law Ryan, as well as a young granddaughter, Kailin.
“The thing I’d say about Rob Kellogg is he believed in people more than they believed in themselves,” Mountain View ninth-grade head coach Mike Bowbliss said. “He would make them feel they can do things they had never done before. … He was an amazing person. He really was an amazing person. He would brag about his granddaughter, brag about his daughter, brag about his wife and how she took care of him during his tough times.”
Kellogg, a native of Statesboro, played baseball at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton before heading back to his hometown to study at Georgia Southern University.
He spent 15 years as a high school coach in GISA football, and his first head coaching position was at Thomas Jefferson in 1989. He spent four seasons at Flint River Academy from 1992 to 1995, then was at Brookwood School from 1998 to 1999, then again in 2002. As Brookwood School’s baseball coach, Kellogg won a state title with the Warriors the year prior to his departure to Fullington Academy.
Kellogg spent four consecutive years, from 2003 to 2006, as football coach at Fullington Academy. His 2007 Fullington baseball team also won another GISA state title.
His first GHSA job was as an assistant at North Hall and then he was offensive coordinator at Gilmer before he was part of Nick Bach’s first coaching staff at Mountain View in 2015.