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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sherwood, AHS coach Mitchell one of three finalists for Americus job

Former Albany High coach Reggie Mitchell went 2-28 during his only stint as a public school prep football coach in Southwest Georgia, but now he's one of three finalists for the Americus-Sumter vacancy.

Former Albany High coach Reggie Mitchell went 2-28 during his only stint as a public school prep football coach in Southwest Georgia, but now he's one of three finalists for the Americus-Sumter vacancy.

AMERICUS — Americus-Sumter’s long saga with its head football coaching position is winding to an end, and the school hopes to name a coach within the next couple of weeks.

And one of the final three candidates is former Albany High and Sherwood Christian Academy coach Reggie Mitchell, according to sources.

The football program at Americus-Sumter went through turmoil last fall when head football coach Michael Pollock was fired in October for kicking a player in the rear during practice.

The Panthers haven’t had a permanent coach since.

Americus-Sumter interim athletic director Coleman Price told The Herald this week that the school is close to filling that job and that the field of coaching candidates has been narrowed to three coaches. Price added that all three candidates are in the process of being interviewed and a decision could be made in the “next couple of weeks or so.”

According to sources, offensive coordinator Chris Wade, who took over the team when Pollock was fired, is not one of the three finalists for the job. Wade won his first three games while Pollock was under suspension, but after Pollock was formally fired, Wade’s team lost the final five games of the season.

Mitchell went 2-28 over three years at Albany High but left the GHSA for a job at Sherwood Christian Academy, where he went 11-8 in two years at the GISA school. Mitchell then left Sherwood after the 2010 season to take become an assistant coach at Tift County.

WITH PILCHER GONE, BAINBRIDGE STILL SEARCHING: The coaching search at Bainbridge is still in the early stages, and no one has been interviewed to replace Ed Pilcher, who left Bainbridge last month to take the head coaching position at Berrien. Pilcher spent five years at Bainbridge, where the 27-year coaching veteran went 30-23. Pilcher is one if the winningest coaches in Georgia (241-94-1) and he won five state titles at Thomas County Central before taking the job at Bainbridge.

Pilcher was motivated to leave Bainbridge for Berrien because both his daughters live there and all his grandchildren are there. According to sources, Pilcher was not pressured to leave Bainbridge, but left Bainbridge because he wanted to move to Berrien, which will be a challenge — to say the least. Berrien has won just five games in the past three seasons, going 5-25.

One source said Bainbridge was still very early in the hiring process and was still taking applications for the job.

NEW GUY IN SYLVESTER: Worth’s new coach Jason Tone was chosen out of a field of eight candidates, and this will be in his first head coaching position. Tone, 33, was an assistant coach at state power Camden County for the past six years, coaching running backs. Before moving to Camden County, Tone was the offensive coordinator at Wayne County for one season.

He graduated from Valdosta State, and while he was in college, Tone was a community coach at Lowndes for five seasons. After he graduated, Tone spent three years as an assistant at Lowndes, coaching the offensive line.

And now he’s ready to make the transition to Sylvester.

“The hardest thing is being in two places at once,’’ he said Thursday. “I start at (Worth) next Monday, and I will finish the school year there. Right now, I’m looking for an apartment or a house to rent, and then I’ll move my family there over the summer.’’

Worth County has consistently made the playoffs, but the Rams have lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the past four years.

Tone said he isn’t worried about the past.

“Right now I just want to get the kids in the weight room and install our system,’’ said Tone, who plans to run a Wing-T offense. “I can’t worry about what they did in the past. Right now I’m finding a staff and trying to get things going to get ready to rock and roll.”

Comments

dmyers80 1 year, 5 months ago

13-36 as a head coach.. and he's a finalist for a head coaching job for an improving team?? Americus Athletic Director... This is program suicide.. Hw won 2 games in 3 years at AHS... the only reason he won at Sherwood is because he brought half of his AHS team to Sherwood, and was playing with average talent against INFERRIOR competition.

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The_Dude 1 year, 5 months ago

Sometimes a kid needs a good kick in the rear end.

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oldster 1 year, 4 months ago

You are right Dude, Sometimes they do need some motivation I remember back in about 1995 or 96 one of the greatest coaches ever to walk the sidelines in Dougherty County was nearly fired because one of his assistants kicked a kid in the butt. With backing from the community the coach was kept and Dougherty went on to have three of it's greatest seasons in school history.

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sowega 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't understand why this guy Mitchell keep getting and being a finalist for head coaching jobs? It's plenty of young assistant talent in Dougherty co, Lee.co , that need and opprotunity

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dmyers80 1 year, 5 months ago

He must be blackmailing somebody... because he certainly hasnt proven he can coach enough to even merit the consideration!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

There's some element of "Black-Something..." involved in this Americus situation. I said a long time ago that the Sumter Co School Board would not rest until they had a Black in the job. Go ahead and pick Mitchell. His record speaks for itself but you'll get your wish....a Black in the job. But you will lose more than you win as long as Mitchell has the Head Coach job.

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hotdog 1 year, 5 months ago

What the AH didn't tell you is that the Monroe HFC is probably going to get the job

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dmyers80 1 year, 5 months ago

hope he does... Coach Truitt and Glanton return home to save the program!!

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 5 months ago

Coach Truitt is not going to leave Monroe...stop making up bs!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 5 months ago

Truitt has been trying to leave for 5 years!!

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 5 months ago

How do you know? Please explain...

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hotdog 1 year, 4 months ago

Let me help you out.....Truitt is as good as gone....why would you stay in a place where you feel you get no support from the administration....he is going to a place that WANTS HIM TO BE THERE....so you might as well get ready to accept it...if AHS offers he is out of here......period

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

I actually believe that hotdog.....

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dmyers80 1 year, 5 months ago

Coach Truitt was the real reason behind the 2 Championships that Americus won in the early 2000's ( I think it was 02 & 03).. soliday just smiled and took credit... It also helped that he had the best QB and WR in the state!!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 5 months ago

Mitchell completely turned things around at Sherwood and made that football program successful. It was actually exciting to watch. Mike Phillips didnt like Reggie because he not a typical coach who jumped when he said jump.He also had more wins than what he wrote. Also, If three finalist are involved, why is there only a pic of Mitchell? I think he is trying to single him out and attempt to get mixed old feelings about him started up and hope it will affect his chances of getting the job. I think Phillips is still mad at Mitchell because he refused to grant him a interview back when he was at Sherwood. (long story) Americus knows Mitchell is a good candidate and has done some great things in football. Truitt was a good coach also, but Monroe could never get going under him and they could never really get far in the state playoffs under him.I think Americus should pick Mitchell based on what he accomplished at Sherwood......The kids respond better to Mitchell and they really like him.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

"Mitchell completely turned things around at Sherwood and made that football program successful. It was actually exciting to watch."

Yep when you import 80% of your former players from GHSA AAA to play in GISA AA (and lower when you have non-region open dates) you can do a little better than a .500 season. Mitchell is too stupid to be a winner.......EVER!

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 5 months ago

The only reason he had a good record at Sherwood because he brought those good athletes from Albany with him. He is not a good coach and that is why he barely won at Albany. It is easy to win against sorry talent when you have good talent on your side.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 5 months ago

Thats a lie Sister Ruby. Those players came on their own, and it was not 80% either..just a handful came...also, he won the region, Sherwood never had so many wins......When Mitchell left, they went back to their old ways of losing again.....easy to see that Mitchell was the difference maker. If you want a winning program, you hire who you know can get it done. He definitely got it done at Sherwood!!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

Well bsrn, I'll bet you the biggest steak that Outback sells that Mitchell, if they are dumb enough to hire him as head coach, will not win more than 4 games in his first year. Bet?

And you're the liar because Sherwood went from 90% caucasian to 90% black in Reggie's first year and the next year it was 98% black. Then he left because they wouldn't give him any more GOAL scholarship money to go buy more, even better athletes from the hood. I heard it from a well placed Sherwood member and I don't believe she made it up.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 5 months ago

I'll take that bet!!!! (I like my steaks medium rare).....but just for the record, if someone else gets the job, they will not win more than 4 games either in the first year.......bet?????

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

My bet is about how crappy a coach Mitchell is. I presume you took that bet. Talk to you next November, chump.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

My bet is a counter-bet in case he doesn't get the job!! I say nobody else will do any better....deal or no deal?????? Are you chicken????

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't care about Sumter County Athletics, nor who gets the job. I'm just betting you that if Mitchell gets it they will suck. Want that bet or not?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I can tell you have no confidence that he will get the job which is a pretty safe bet.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

only because this sports editor is trying to go after him and single him out.......He didn't post any other picture of the other candidates and had little to say about them......

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Well as my mamma used to say "tell the truth and you won't have to remember what you said"

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 5 months ago

your stories get wackier by the minute....where do you get this stuff???? the Koo Koo club???? Remember I told you on another post that American loves a winner??? Reggie was a winner at Sherwood....He had people from all over filling the stands when they were normally empty. He got it done...case closed!! When he left...they started to lose and lose and lose....same old crap....So, you can call it what you want, but the fans enjoyed that short run at Sherwood......It was nice!!! Reggie Mitchell is a good leader and coach. He is a spiritual leader as well. Just a good hardworking man. Please dont judge him by what this paper may say about him. Ask the kids he coached and played with...(Black and white)...they all loved him......I saw that with my own two eyes....didnt need a little liar to tell me anything!!!!

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 4 months ago

Do you know how to comprehend? This man wasn't playing nobody at Sherwood and he had brough all of the best athletes from Albany high to play for him.

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

I get it... Bubba must be a coach or work at Albany high!!! First Byrd is a great QB now Mitchell is a good Coach... Even If you do look at his Sherwood wins... Were talking about 13-36 over 5 seasons!! Where in hell do they call that a winner at?? If we go on his record, the team doctor might better suited to coach!! The kids love him... that doesnt make him a good coach, Im sure some of them love the history teacher, so lets push for him getting a caoching job too!... so according to you he has another winning season somewhere that the papers are trying to hide?? lol.... There's a difference in being loyal and being honest!!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

dmisery, you have no idea who a good athlete is or not. If you dont think Byrd is a good athlete and can make be successful on a good team, you are drunk.

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

Actually I said he was a good Athlete... He's not a good QB.... how can you say he can make a good team sucessful... He couldnt make his own team successful... If you didnt win 10 games your whole high school career, there's no way you can lead a college team!!

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

Hell, anybody can be successful on a GOOd team, because they are already GOOd before you get there.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I remember a story about "No Comment" Mitchell his first year at Sherwood. They were playing their "cross town rival". Mitchell was getting heated on the sidelines because his team had several penalties called. Then he got called for 12 men on the field. Mitchell went crazy and kept yelling at the ref "Who did you call than penalty on? Who did you call that penalty on?" The ref just looked at Mitchell and said nothing which made him even madder. The punchline? You don't call a penalty on any specific player when there are 12 men on the field. "No Comment" refused to shake hands or talk to the press or TV after the game, just ran off the field yelling "no comment! no comment!"

That's some coaching genius right there!

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

So Bubba... I guess coach Williams at albany high is a winner too??? 2-8... He's a lock for the Coach of the Year!!! LOL

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

"Reggie Reggie he's our Man! If he can't do it, bubbasmithredneck's Mamma can!"

I really like Coach Mitchell's photo up there. It just shouts "No Comment!"

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

When albany starts listening to Sister Ruby for coaching advice, this city has truly died.........

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

?? chirp chirp ??

Looks like bubbasmithredneck is making another of his Long-Haul routes to El Paso and back. Drive careful, bsrn! And try to think of some new come-backs out there on the road. You're getting pretty weak and need some inspiration!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Better yet, bubba...... get a Smart Phone! That would be the only Smart Thing in your Universe! HaHaHaHaHa......!!!!!!!!!!!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

Wow, you guys are getting clever....I have been on vacation. But to continue to destroy your mind-less points ......Coach Mitchell is a good coach and Sherwood wishes he was back. Americus cant go wrong with a strong coach like that. Our kids at Sherwood starting losing and looking pitiful when he left. No more championships, no more excitement, no more fun....it was awful.....so, I just know what he accomplished. So what if he had some good kids from Albany. Deerfield gets plenty of kids from the DCSS who can play basketball and football and nobody is saying anything about that....(chirp, chirp)....

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 4 months ago

You can't read because Sherwood didn't win no championships when he was coaching. Deerfield isn't recruiting players to play for them. Coach Mitchell was recruiting players so he can have an easier chance to win games. Sherwood still couldn't beat Deerfield!

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

Exactly... BSR is talking like he just smoked the competition at Shewood... 11-8 He's barely above .500 If it was school he'd be a C student!!! Americus will go wrong if they hire Mitchell... You say they started losing... 11-8... They never really started winning!!... 11 wins in 2 years???? thats 5 and a half wins a year!!! And you talk like that 3 years at Albany High never happened!! 2-28.... Reggie's a Winner!!! lol Bubba is delusional!!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

He has under 30% win record as a head coach

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

No they didnt beat Deerfield.....Deerfield's recruited players had been there longer than Mitchell at Sherwood. Sherwood still won many games under Mitchell....deal with it!

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

They are not bound by GHSA rules, so there is nothing wrong with them recruiting...MANY GAMES??? You must count the TD they scored in practice also?? 11 wins in 2 years???? the previous 3 years 2 wins... 13 wins in 5 years!!!. how can anyone with any kind of sense defend him as a coach??

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

You sure seem to be on vacation alot. You sure you aren't a long haul trucker?

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

Deerfield recruits waay more than Sherwood...have you seen their basketball team lately??? case closed!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Still can't match up with the before/after "diversity" of Sherwood's football teams under Mitchell versus what they "looked like" before he came. You can't argue that unless you are stupid beyond measure. But it's possible that you are, in fact, actually stupid beyond measure.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

It is no question that you Sister Ruby are the DUMBEST low-life around here with those ridiculous comments you make on a daily basis. We all know you are prejudice and have your own agenda. Mitchell did good at Sherwood and thats the bottom line...deal with it....

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Mitchell had only 2 white kids on the football team in his second year at Sherwood. 2 white kids and 22 kids of color. You saw that right? You would at least admit that it's true, right? I went out there to a couple of games and saw it for myself.

Then he wanted more scholarship money to bring in even more kids and they wouldn't give it to him so he left in a huff to take an assistant's job. A caregiver friend told me all about it.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

another psycho-lie made by the Rub-ster........Mitchell had more white kids than that on the defense alone.......go ahead and make up another lie....go ahead.....we are waiting.....

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

So bubba.... Are you just making the argument for Mitchell because you dont want to agree with Ruby??? If so that's way more understandalbe than just you thinking Mitchell is a winning Coach!!

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