Multiple Teams · Welcome New Coaches to our Granger Family

We want to welcome 2 new coaches to our Granger Family!


Coach Burton Thomas – Head Coach Wrestling, Defensive Coordinator for Football, & Exceptional Education Teacher

I graduated in 2010 from Central High School in Carrollton, and started college at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY. I played football at Lindsey Wilson for one year before returning to GA and transferring to the University of West Georgia. In the Physical Education program at West Georgia, I met my lovely wife, Leslie, who is a physical education teacher at Gardner Newman Middle School. Leslie and I got married in November of 2017. I am going into my fifth year of teaching and my 8th year coaching football and wrestling. I started my coaching career at Central High School while still enrolled at UWG. After 5 years of coaching at Central I moved to Villa Rica High School, and then Callaway High School last season. My wife and I are beyond excited to become a part of the Granger family, and we look forward to making a positive impact in the LaGrange School System! Go Grangers!!




Coach Matt Neighbors – Offensive Coordinator for Football & PE/Health Teacher

2006 graduate of Callaway HS
Bachelors of science in Health and Physical education from university of west Georgia
Married to Erin Neighbors (07 graduate of LaGrange HS) she is the media specialist at Gardner Newman MS, we have 2 daughters: Kadence (4) and Piper (9 months)
Coaching bio:
Greenville HS 2013-2014: offensive coordinator/QB coach
Lagrange HS 2015: Quarterbacks coach
Callaway HS 2016-2018: Running Backs coach/recruiting coordinator
Mount Zion-Carroll 2019: Running Backs coach/recruiting coordinator
Notable achievements: signed 2nd most players to football scholarships in state of Georgia over last 4 years with over 50. Was on staff of 2 semifinal teams while at Callaway HS.
Notable players under my tutelage:
Tank Bigsby- Current Auburn RB
LaPerion Perry- Current West Georgia WR
DJ Atkins- Current Laney College RB