Mark Farriba is returning home. The former Stratford Academy standout athlete is taking over the school's football program as head coach according to Stratford Athletic Director Grady Smith.
Farriba will succeed Rodney Collins who steped down last month. Farriba spent the past several seasons as head coach at Prince Avenue Christian in Athens.
He led Prince Avenue to the Class A Private School State Finals in 2012 where they lost Eagles Landing Christian in the champoinship game.
Farriba previously coached at Stratford and FPD in Macon winning State Champoinships in football at both schools. Coach Farriba has compiled an overall record of 134-81-3.
Smith said over 40 people applied for the Stratford job and he said they interviewed seven people before finally choosing Farriba.
Following a standout high school career at Stratford where he garnered All-State honors in Football, Basketball and Baseball, Farriba played football at the University of Georgia where he was a member of the 1976 SEC Championship Team. Coach Farriba has also served as a Graduate Assistant Coach at the Universities of Georgia and Kentucky.