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.”