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Search for next Dougherty head football coach nearing its end

Kenneth Goseer

Kenneth Goseer

ALBANY — They’re heading into the stretch run on naming a new head football coach at Dougherty High, where a search that started almost two months ago is entering its final stages.

“I think we will have something within the next two weeks,’’ Dougherty Country assistant superintendent Kenneth Goseer told The Herald this week.

An announcement is expected to be made before April 30, the day schools can begin spring football practice. The job has been vacant since Feb. 16 when Jesse Hicks resigned to take the head coaching job at Central Macon High School.

Hicks left the program in need of a facelift. He went 3-17 in his two years at Dougherty, and his Trojans won just one game in 2011.

So far, a seven-member committee has interviewed 12 candidates, including two local assistant coaches and three candidates from outside of Georgia.

According to sources, Dougherty High defensive coordinator Corey Joyner, and Albany High defensive coordinator Mitchell Jenkins were brought in for interviews Friday.

Joyner is a former player at Dougherty and longtime assistant coach for the Trojans who was a candidate for the job three years ago when Hicks was hired. There has been a lot of sentiment from players and Dougherty fans for Joyner. Jenkins, meanwhile, has been the defensive coordinator at Albany High for the last three years.

The other 10 candidates were interviewed earlier in the process. Sources have confirmed that Johnny Gilbert, a former assistant coach at Monroe and former coach at McNair High School in Atlanta, was interviewed for the job earlier in the process.

According to those same sources, other area coaches who have been interviewed include current Terrell County head coach William Huff and Jim McFather --- the brother of current Randolph-Clay head coach Daniel McFather --- as well as current Bainbridge offensive coordinator Leonard Guiton, who has been in that position for three years.

James Lattimore, a former track coach at Lee County who was an assistant football coach for the Trojans for three years, also has been interviewed for the job, according to sources.

Comments

PatrickY2K 2 years ago

Why is Goseer involved in this?!?! The DCSS has an Athletic Director, and Dougherty High has a principal and an Athletic Director. Shouldn't they be responsible for filling this position?

Is Goseer so unqualified for his job as assistant superintendent that he has to be given other responsibilities in his comfort zone to fill his time? Sounds like a good position to begin the down-sizing!

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daddiemoon 2 years ago

This system is a joke.... The interviews for the Dougherty High school coach were done 2 or 3 weeks ago... However; they were re-open just so Mr Joiner could get a chance to interview. Why was he not included in the 1st process?... This is what our assistant superintendent is doing to our system. Mr.Goseer,it is clear that you dont know the process or have the knowledge to lead or think...so please take the joke of a package that you are going to offer the teachers that you are forcing into retirement and take the deal yourself...You have turned the basketball season to a joke, now you are working on football... Why, do you continue to deal with sports ? When you dont have a clue... you sir, are clueless.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Goseer needs a real job. Apparently the Asst Super job has no real duties.

Who's the 34th ranked candidate for Head Coach? He would do fine I'm sure.

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ghostofkarelia 2 years ago

Hire me. I've never coached football before, but if you also hire a special coach that can teach me how to do it, we'll be ok.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Or She....no need to rule out the ladies for the job.

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boyoboy 2 years ago

I wonder what this clown makes a year. I'm sure its six figures and damn what a waste.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

At least he wear a proper tie.

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bunny 2 years ago

Goseer your an idiot, the board needs to get rid of you and your superintendent. Why are you trying to run something you don't know anything about (sports). Coaching 9th grade basketball doesn't make you knowledgalbe, GHSA fining you was prime example . You have made athletics in Albany look stupid as well as the entire school system.
You know nothing about sports why don't you leave it alone and let the people that knows what is going on run it.. A total waste you are

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fullcourtpress 2 years ago

It amazes me how some people use this board to make personal attacks or as a soapbox for their personal vendettas against people.....there are many counties where the Asst. Supreintendant is involved in the hiring process. Obviously some people know very little about a hiring process. Obviously the Supt. assigned athletics under his umbrella. I hope Mr. Joiner gets a fair shot. The success of the DHS football program will get a person who has a personal interest in the kids and the program itself. He is a DHS product and I am sure he loves his school and would have a more personal interest in its success and the kids involved. It seems to have worked out okay at AHS when they took that route. Please as a city and community lets attempt to come together and at least give people a chance and see how it turns out before we jump on the bandwagon and criticize all the time. I am also quite sure The county AD and perhaps the interim principal at DHS all have a role in this process.

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peopleofamerica 2 years ago

The reason most coaches don't want the position is due the school board taking over half of Dougherty players and send them to other schools. Over 75% of Albany High players were former Dougherty students.Most of Monroe offensive line were former Dougherty students. The school board was gonna close Dougherty until parents and people can details of it.Mr.Joyner does work hard for the students and has continued to do so.Hopefully if he is given the opportunity he won't hold back the offense like the former coach did.

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love126 1 year, 12 months ago

Do we not have an Athletic Director in Dougherty County? Johnny Seabrooks??? I have not ever seen such rediculous antics in any system? The Assistant Superintendent handling the AD's responisibilities. Isn't this how we received a sanction and fine during basketball season? Coach Seabrooks is more than capable of running a quality program--as I do not recall any previous sanctions from the GHSA. Coach Joyner is a community AND student favorite. He lives and loves the city, school, and ESPECIALLY the students. Does that mean anything to the keepers of the city? If the AD and principal of the school are involved--which I doubt--the decision would be at the very least, equitable.

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