High School Coaches
Kelly and Drew Cecil, Varsity Coaches
Kelly and Drew Cecil became the Co-Head Coaches of the volleyball team at North Forsyth in 2016. In their first four seasons at NFHS, they have compiled an overall record of 117-68 (.632) - leading the team to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, and an Elite 8 appearance in 2017. They were named the 7A Area 5 Coach of the Year in 2017. Their teams have also earned the AVCA Team Academic Award all four years they have coached at North Forsyth.
Before coming to North Forsyth, Kelly and Drew coached four seasons (2011-14) at Pikeville (KY). While at Pikeville, they compiled an overall record of 109-41 (.727), won two district championships, and were named the 15th Region Coach of the year in 2013. Each of their final three teams at Pikeville (2012-14) also earned the AVCA Team Academic Award.
In 2017, Kelly was named one of AVCA's "Thirty Under 30" given to the top 30 volleyball coaches (of all levels) in the country under the age of 30. Kelly was one of only three high school coaches to be a member of the "Thirty Under 30" in 2017.
As Co-Head coaches, they split the responsibilities of a head coach- which allows each of them to focus more deeply on the facets for which they are responsible. As a former collegiate volleyball player, Kelly is mostly responsible for skill development, instruction of technique, scouting of opponents, tactical considerations, etc. Drew is mostly responsible for the organization of the program, communication with stakeholders, physical conditioning of the players, statistical considerations, etc. They equally share the responsibility of overall program vision, motivation, and the teaching of life lessons to their players.
Outside of coaching, Kelly and Drew enjoy traveling, cheering on their favorite teams (Duke basketball, Florida State football, and the Atlanta Braves) and spending time with their family. They live in Dawsonville with their 3 year old daughter, Oakley.
Erika Ford, Junior Varsity
Erika Ford is entering her 2nd season as the JV head coach at North and will be starting her 4th year as the Severe and Profound Special Education teacher. She served as a varsity assistant coach for 2 years at Chattahoochee High School before coming to North.
Erika started playing volleyball her freshman year at Chattahoochee High School as a middle and competed for a state championship her senior year.
Erika attended the University of Georgia on a full scholarship for basketball. Since then she has continued her education as she will complete her specialist in Fall 2020. Aside from coaching our JV volleyball team, she is also an assistant for our girls flag football team and girls basketball team.
Coach Erika loves are her plants, traveling, and her dog!