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Musselwhite recognized with track renaming

Friday night the Trojan Nation recognized retired boys head track Coach Craig Musselwhite, whose impact on Trojan athletics and the storied boys track program likely will never be matched. 

In June, the Carrollton Board of Education renamed Maddox Track, honoring another successful long-time Trojan coach, Hugh Maddox, to also recognize Musselwhite’s accomplishments. Because of their combined leadership, Carrollton High School holds more state titles in boys track and field than any other prep program in the state, public or private, across all classifications. New signage on Grisham Stadium now reflects this honor.

Coach Musselwhite’s all-encompassing track record boasts 13 state championships, four runner-up titles, 27 Top Four state finishes and 27 region titles over a 35-year Carrollton career that includes his own contributions as a Trojan athlete.

In addition to running the track program, Coach Musselwhite served as the director of the Georgia High School Association state cross country championships for more than two decades, hosted on the Carrollton City Schools campus with great success, laying the groundwork for the district to become a preferred host for many GHSA events.

Friday night at halftime during the Trojans football game, Musselwhite, accompanied by his family, BOE members and school administrators, was formally recognized for his exceptional legacy.

“But his influence goes beyond the trophy count,” said Dr. Mark Albertus, superintendent of Carrollton City Schools and who also served and worked directly with Musselwhite when he was principal of Carrollton High School. “He coached hundreds of boys to athletic success, but without recognition or fanfare, his bigger impact was his role as a mentor to all and a father-figure to many. It is not an understatement to say he truly changed lives.”