Head coach Mitchell leaving Sherwood football program

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Reginald "Reggie" Mitchell's sometimes controversial career at Sherwood Christian Academy is over.

Mitchell is leaving the school and his position as head football coach to take a job as an assistant coach at Tift County High School.

Multiple sources confirmed to The Herald on Tuesday that Mitchell had taken the job at Tift County High, and that another coach would be taking his place at Sherwood.

Mitchell did not return phone calls or respond to a message left for him Tuesday night. Sherwood is in the process of replacing Mitchell, and sources say a coach could be named before school ends May 20.

Mitchell leaves Sherwood after a 6-5 season and a third-place finish in the GISA Region 3-AAA race. Mitchell's two-year record at Sherwood was 13-8.

He fared much better, however, in the GISA private school league than he did in the GHSA public school system.

In his three years as the head football coach at GHSA Class AA Albany High Mitchell's teams went a combined 2-28. They had two winless seasons and went 2-8 in his final season there in 2009.

Mitchell was the defensive coordinator at Dougherty High before he became a head coach at Albany High in 2007. He overall record as a head coach is 15-36.

His two-year stint at Sherwood came with a bit of controversy because when Mitchell left Albany High, several public school players left AHS right behind him to play for Mitchell at Sherwood. The exodus of players did not sit well with Albany High and other supporters of public school programs in the area.