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Sources: Dougherty assistant Joyner to be named new head football coach

ALBANY — Every sign and every indication point to Corey Joyner as the next head football coach at Dougherty High School.

Multiple sources have told The Herald that Joyner, who is currently an assistant coach with Dougherty, will be the next coach for the Trojans, and that announcement could come as early as tonight at the Dougherty County School Board meeting.

Nothing is currently listed on tonight's agenda to name a new coach, but Joyner has emerged ahead of the field and sources say it's just a matter of time before he is officially named to the position.

The search to replace Jesse Hicks, who resigned Feb. 16 to take a job at Central Macon High School, has been going for almost three months, and Dougherty was without a head football coach during the recent spring practice drills.

A seven-member committee interviewed 12 candidates, including two local assistant coaches and three candidates from outside of Georgia. Joyner was the last candidate to be interviewed and is a local favorite to get the position.

He interviewed for the job three years ago when Hicks was hired. Players, fans and members of the community were upset at the time because Joyner wasn't hired and wanted him to get the job.

Hicks, however, came with a glowing resume'. He was an Albany State graduate who had taken over a mediocre program at Baldwin and turned it into a powerhouse and a regular in the state playoffs.

The hope at the time was that he could do the same for Dougherty, which had fallen upon hard times on the gridiron.

Hicks came with a promise to turn the program around and get more community involvement to spark more pride in the football team.

He left the program after two long seasons and a 3-17 record. The Trojans won just one game last season and in Hicks' two years, Dougherty lost every game to city rivals from Monroe, Westover and Albany.

Joyner was a star at Dougherty and later became an All-American at Georgia Southern. His brother, Uyl Joyner, is the offensive coordinator at Albany State.

Joyner and Albany High defensive coordinator Mitchell Jenkins were the only local coaches who interviewed for the job, sources said.

There was speculation earlier that the job would be given to either Johnny Reynolds, a former Monroe assistant coach who has head coaching experience at McNair High School in the Atlanta area, or to Bainbridge offensive coordinator Leonard Guiton, who has been in that position for three years at Bainbridge. He had held the same position at Thomas County Central and came to Bainbridge when head coach Ed Pilcher made the move. Pilcher and Guiton run the veer offense.

According to sources, Reynolds, Guiton and Joyner were all impressive in the interview process.

Joyner is a former player at Dougherty and longtime assistant coach for the Trojans who knows the players and also knows what Dougherty faces as the program tries to work its way back to prominence.

Dougherty is the only public school in Albany to win a state football title in the modern era, which came in 1998.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Here's hoping that the DoCo Athletic Director had some input in the Selection Process!!

Administration: Y'all need to do something right for a change!

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PatrickY2K 1 year, 11 months ago

Was it necessary to lead 11 other candidates to believe they had a chance at the job? This sounds like the way the DCSS picks a superintendent - make it look good, and then hire the local guy. If the DCSS wanted to promote from within, then just do it - don't interview assistants from successful programs, just to hire the local guy who was part of the staff that went 3-17.

I hope Joyner is successful. If not, I hope he's two years from retirement.

P.S. Goseer, You are allowed to admit that you made a mistake by using school funds improperly. If you had, the issue would probably have been dropped by now, rather than you looking stupid arguing with the Board, and the investigation that is likely to follow. And don't forget to sanction the 2012 basketball tournament, so the participating schools don't get fined, again.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Why isn't the Dougherty County School System Athletic Director (who KNOWS what he is doing and can do it the right way) schedule sports tournaments? Why is the Asst. Super. involved? (I know the answer already.....it's because Goseer doesn't really have anything to do, doesn't have a real job anyway and when performing the job he ATTEMPTS to do, he screws it all up because he doesn't know how to do it.)

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BadChoiceDHS 1 year, 11 months ago

No, Please don't do this to the football team. He is not really to be a Head football coach. i went to school with him and have watch him for the last pass 3 years.As the DC we had and average of 36 point scorer on the Defense and with him as the O.C. We only average 6 point per game. We need a Head Football Coach from a winning program that knows what it take to win. He has been part of the losing problem at DHS. Our player need someone different. He as been calling and email people for him to get the job.

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The_Dude 1 year, 11 months ago

Everything you asked for, you got it in Jesse Hicks. How did that work out? Dougherty County gets slammed for making the out-of-town hire and now they get slammed for making the in-town hire. Geesh.

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Parent 1 year, 11 months ago

You really don't have a point, nor does your comments make any since! Go Joyner!!

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The_Dude 1 year, 11 months ago

My comments makes plenty of cents! Go me!!

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BadChoiceDHS 1 year, 11 months ago

@ The_Dude. In town or out of town. He is not ready and that is the bottom line.

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BadChoiceDHS 1 year, 11 months ago

Some-body tell me why would we hire a LOSER!!!!!! He was in leadership position and didn't do anything so why give him the Head Coach Job. Ken Grosser, i understand the other mistake you made please don't this and make another. Jesse worked hard and tried to change the program but Joyner was not working with Jesse which is part of the reason he left. Joyner is a backstabbing coach and he is doing the same thing in trying to get this job. He has one person on the board which is Mrs Rigging helping him. She is the one helped him get an interview when the job was closed and they brought him and the coach from Albany high back for and interview. Which this is against the Law. IF he gets the job, i am going to personnel find the two top candidates and we will file a law suit together and i will paid for the lawyer. This is not right and not a good fit for our Football Team.

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The_Dude 1 year, 11 months ago

At least they didn't hire the No. 34 candidate. You should have gotten a lawyer for that sham.

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shaml2 1 year, 11 months ago

Go get a life BadChoiceDHS!!! Are you mad that you didn't get a chance to be the head coach!! PLEASE!! Good Luck Coach Joyner!!

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Dino58 1 year, 11 months ago

BadChoiceDHS. Get a life! But first, get a dictionary. Joyner must have kept you on the bench in H.S. Joyner is from the Reynolds era, which were the best times in the history of the program. Our native son should have gotten the job a long time ago!

Good Luck Coach. All of the TRUE ALUM are behind you 100%

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