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John Poitevint

Longtime Gwinnett defensive coordinator John Poitevint was approved Thursday by the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Board of Education as the new head football coach at Mountain View.

Poitevint had been Brookwood’s defensive coordinator for the past five seasons. He has coached almost exclusively in Gwinnett since 2004.

He replaces the late Rob Kellogg, who passed in April after battling an infection complicated by his diabetes.

“I wish the circumstances were different,” Poitevint said. “It’s a tragic situation with Coach Kellogg’s passing. I was at Dacula High School when Mountain View opened up and I had so many friends work over there and I’ve heard great things about the administration, Mr. (Keith) Chaney (principal) and Mr. (Wayne) Smith (athletic director). They have established a great culture and the football program’s on the rise. It’s a great area over there that’s growing.”

Mountain View’s best seasons have come lately under previous head coaches Nick Bach and Kellogg. Kellogg was offensive coordinator under Bach for the program’s breakthrough seasons, then took over as head coach and led the Bears to the state playoffs in both 2018 and 2019.

Kellogg’s coaching staff is expected to remain intact under Poitevint, who knows some of the current assistants and is eager to meet the others. He has been familiar with the Mountain View community for years — his mother was previously at teacher at Twin Rivers Middle, which feeds into Mountain View.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Poitevint to the Mountain View football program,” Mountain View athletic and activities director Wayne Smith said. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a passion for the game and a love for his players that is unmatched. We look forward to what the future holds under his direction.”

A staff meeting Monday will allow Poitevint to meet his new colleagues officially, then his connection to his new players will be virtual only until on-campus training is permitted in June.

“I’m fired up and excited to meet everybody and get started,” Poitevint said. “It’s a great opportunity at the end of the day and I’m so blessed to have it. I’m ready to get started.”

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