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.