ALBANY -- Multiple sources close to the situation told The Herald late Tuesday that Baldwin football coach Jesse Hicks could become the new coach at Dougherty, while former Windsor Forest coach Mike Martin actually confirmed to The Herald that he has been offered the job at Albany High School.
It is possible that the two will be recommended in front of the Dougherty County Board of Education for approval as early as today when a board briefing begins at noon, followed by the 12:30 p.m. meeting at Albany Middle School. The possibility of a coach being hired today is based on school superintendent Sally Whatley saying in an Albany Herald news article published Tuesday, "Hopefully, (we'll) make a recommendation by (today for the board meeting)."
Hicks, who was not one of the four finalists named by the school board last month, played college football at Albany State and also coached current Rams starting defensive lineman Joshua Ingram at Baldwin. Hicks had an impressive question-and-answer session with the Dougherty interview committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to one of the sources. Hicks, who also was a finalist for the Crisp County job, coached Baldwin to the 2005 GHSA semifinals and is 70-24 there in eight seasons.
At Albany State, Hicks not only was a standout player but also 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.
Other finalists for the coaching positions at Albany and Dougherty, according to an Albany Herald article published last month, were Strong Rock Christian assistant Johnny Gilbert, former Effingham County coach Gregory Manior and Telfair County coach Jeff Bowen.
Hicks was contacted by The Herald on Tuesday afternoon and said, "If they offered me the job, I'd consider it heavily."
Martin, who resigned from Windsor Forest in November after a 6-5 season, coached current Rams offensive lineman Michael Mavromichalis in high school.
Martin was 29-25 as a coach during his five-year stay at Windsor Forest.
"There's a good possibility I can be the coach there," Martin said Tuesday night.
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.