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Hicks, Martin hirings on hold

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- During Wednesday's Dougherty County School Board meeting, no one recommended Jesse Hicks for the Dougherty football coaching job, nor Mike Martin for the vacant position at Albany.

Both men are the leading candidates for the positions and will be recommended to the board in the near future, according to multiple sources, and Martin told The Herald on Tuesday he has been offered the Indians' job.

However, neither candidate can be hired until first recommended, and then approved by the board.

It is possible that they will be recommended at the next regularly scheduled meeting 7 p.m. March 8, or an even earlier session that is called by chance.

Dougherty County board member Mike Windom said Tuesday after the meeting that he feels the two candidates, if approved, are excellent choices.

"I really do think (Hicks) would do a great job," Windom said. "He has a proven track record at Baldwin and can get results."

Hicks, who played and later coached at Albany State, was also a finalist for the Crisp County job. He has coached Baldwin to the 2005 GHSA semifinals and is 70-24 there in eight seasons. He coached linebackers and special teams for the Rams from 1999-2002. If Hicks is approved as the new coach, he will replace Charles Flowers who retired in December and will be the head football coach at Troup County for next season after leaving Albany at the end of the school year.

Martin, who used to be a football assistant at Westover as well as the Patriots' head baseball coach, resigned from Windsor Forest in November after a 6-5 season. He was 29-25 as a coach during his five-year stay at Windsor Forest. Martin, if approved, would be the Indians' full-time coach. Last summer, the Indians' last full-time coach, Reginald Mitchell, left in the summer to be coach at Sherwood Christian. Assistant Felton Williams then coached Albany on an interim basis last season and the Indians did not win a game. During Mitchell's three-year coaching campaign before that at Albany, the Indians were 2-28.