Coaching Staff

Matt LeZotte

Matt LeZotte

Matt LeZotte enters his 8th season as the Head football coach at Richmond Hill High School after serving 2 years on the Wayne County Football Staff as Assistant Head Coach in Jesup, GA and as the Head Football Coach/Athletic Director at Aquinas High School in Augusta, GA from 2009 – 2012. The Wildcats are coming off of a 5-year run of making it in the GHSA Playoffs advancing to the 2nd round in 2018 & 2020. LeZotte led Richmond Hill to its best playoff run in 2019, making it to the 6A State Semifinals. The Wildcats won Region 2- Class 6A Championship in 2019 and were Co-Champs in 2020. LeZotte earned the 2019 Region Coach of the Year. Additional awards include 912 Sports Coach of the Year and Savannah Morning News Coach of the Year in 2019. The LeZotte-led Wildcats have accounted for 30% of all victories in the history of the Richmond Hill Football program. LeZotte is the all-time winningest coach at Richmond Hill.

In College: LeZotte was a four-year letter winner and three-year captain at QB while playing for James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. He was the captain of the 2004 I-AA National Championship team. He was the first three-year captain in the school’s history.

Personal: LeZotte and his wife Lindsay have two daughters, Lucy and Alice, and one son Tate.

Collin Oliver

Coach Oliver enters his second year at Richmond Hill High School. He played safety at Mercer University, recording the first defensive touchdown of the inaugural season versus Reinhardt University, and the game-sealing interception versus Drake University. Coach Oliver previously coached at Aquinas High School, Norcross High School, and most recently Broad Run High School (VA). He earned an Education Specialist degree in Physical Education from Valdosta State University. He and his wife, Cassie, have a son, Gray, and two dogs, Beau and Banks.

Cory Dixon

Coach Dixon is beginning his first coaching year at Richmond Hill High School. He was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Benedictine Military School, where he was a 3-sport athlete. He attended Armstrong Atlantic State University. Cory joined the Savannah Fire Department in 2006. He was recently awarded the honor of 2023 Firefighter of the Year. He and his wife, Nikki have two children Merritt and Isabelle.

Isaiah Taylor

Coach Taylor is entering his first year at Richmond Hill. He is originally from Hampton, VA and graduated from Kecoughtan High School. He ran track at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Grantham University in Multidisciplinary Studies. He is a 23 year U.S. Army veteran who retired here at Fort Stewart in November 2020. He founded the Coastal Georgia Track Team in 2017 and has coached 25 All-Americans and 11 National Champions in Track and Field. He and his wife Belinda have 4 sons, Marcus, Isaiah Jr., Jasai, and Jayden.

Jacob Cook

Coach Cook is entering his second year at RHHS. He is a 2018 graduate from Bleckley County High School and graduated from Middle Georgia State University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He is happily married to his wife Rebeca.

Joe Scott

Joe Scott is entering his sixth year as the Offensive Coordinator for the Wildcats. Coach Scott is a graduate of Georgia College and State University with a Master’s degree in teaching. Coach Scott has coached at Houston County High School and most recently at Brunswick High School.

Josh Davis

Coach Davis, a 2009 graduate of Richmond Hill High School, is beginning his 7th year at RHHS. Josh played football at Savannah State University. Josh has a master’s degree from Georgia Southern. Coach Davis is a lifelong resident of Richmond Hill, and he and his wife Colleen have two daughters, Kinley and Keller.

Robby Flanders

Born and raised in the Savannah area, Coach Flanders is entering his 18th year at Richmond Hill High School. Flanders has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University. He and his wife, Mandi, both teach in the Bryan County School System.

Rusty Watters

Rusty is entering his first year at Richmond Hill. He has previous coaching stints at Ware County, Lee County, Dublin High School, and the University of West Georgia. Rusty brings over a decade of coordinator experience to the Wildcats. He was part of the 18’ State Championship team at Lee County and the 20’ AAAAAA State Runner-Up team for the Trojans. He also helped lead Ware County to their first ever football state championship in the 22’ season. Rusty has twice been associated with the state of Georgia’s overall top scoring defense, 18’ Lee County (5.4 ppg) and 22’ Ware County (7.3 ppg) along with a handful of other top ten scoring defenses. Rusty received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia, masters from the University of West Alabama, and a specialist degree from Valdosta State University.

Thomas Swilley

Coach Swilley is entering his second year with the Wildcats. His most previous stop was at Wayne County High School. Coach Swilley graduated from the University of Georgia where he played offensive line for 5 years earning both an SEC and Rose Bowl Championship. Coach Swilley earned his Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Kinesiology from Georgia College and State University. He and his wife Mary Elizabeth have a son, Hayes.

Tommy Hensley

Coach Hensley enters his 12th year at RHHS. Hensley played college football for the Cumberland College Patriots in Williamsburg, KY. He and his wife Denease have one daughter, Ashleigh.

Tony LeZotte

Coach LeZotte enters his ninth year at RHHS. A graduate of James Madison University, LeZotte is a 4-Time All-American at the Safety position. He garnered All-Conference Honors all four years and Conference Defensive Player of the Year Honors 2 times, while at JMU. Coach LeZotte brings a mix of collegiate and high school coaching experience to the Richmond Hill football team and is also a 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee at JMU. He and his wife Katey have a 1-year-old son, Duke.

Zac Sheets

Coach Sheets, in his sixth season coaching at RHHS, is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Life Science degree and is a retired captain in the United States Army. Coach Sheets played college football at Dodge City Community College. He previously coached at Chapman High School in Chapman Kansas prior to moving to Richmond Hill. He and wife Chanelle have two children, Jaxson and Emersyn.