Longtime Patriots coach Calhoun tapped to be new A.D. for Westover

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Harley Calhoun, who has spent his entire professional career at Westover High School, will be the school's next athletic director.

According to sources close to the situation, Calhoun has been offered the job and all that remains is for the Dougherty County Athletic Committee and School Board to approve the hire, which could happen as early as Monday.

"I know this has to be approved, but I'm hopeful that everything will go as planned,'' Calhoun told The Herald on Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to taking over the Westover athletic program and keeping it going in the right direction.''

Calhoun will replace Jeff Caldwell, who was the school's football coach and athletic director. He left in April, and Octavia Jones was hired to take over the football program.

Calhoun has been at Westover for 12 years and has coached track and field, cross country and swimming. Calhoun, 34, grew up in South Carolina, but had family in Cordele so Georgia was always a part of his life. He graduated from Georgia Southwestern in 1998, and came to Westover the following autumn as the school's assistant track and field coach and assistant cross country coach.

He coached the swimming program in 2001 and 2002, and became the head cross country coach in 2001.

"(Working at) Westover is the only job I've ever had,'' said Calhoun, who wrestled with the idea of becoming the school's A.D. "I was a little torn about it, but finally decided to apply for it. We've always had very good athletic programs at Westover. We've always had good coaches, good kids. It's a great opportunity, and I'm happy to be a part of all the programs. The athletic program has been great for years, long before I got here. We pretty much dominated the region in overall sports from 2000 through 2010, and we want to continue to keep it that way for the next decade.''