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PREP NOTEBOOK: Miller County's Killingsworth ponders next move after resignation

Longtime Pirate coach resigned in January

Frank Killingsworth had been Miller County’s football coach for seven seasons but resigned back in January. (Herald file photo)

Frank Killingsworth had been Miller County’s football coach for seven seasons but resigned back in January. (Herald file photo)

COLQUITT — Things have been different this spring for Frank Killingsworth.

No offseason conditioning program and no spring practice. Killingsworth has decided he’ll move on after school is out later this spring.

After seven seasons as the head football coach at Miller County High School, Killingsworth resigned back in January.

“I resigned to pursue other coaching challenges,” Killingsworth said.

His resignation comes on the heels of Miller County’s 4-6 season in 2013, the first time the Pirates missed the postseason in Killingsworth’s seven seasons as head coach.

Killingsworth has been in Colquitt for the past 18 seasons, spending 11 as an assistant to former coach Ronnie McNease. When McNease retired, Killingsworth was promoted. He guided the Pirates to six straight trips to the postseason and compiled a 51-30 record.

He isn’t sure where his next stop will be.

“There’s a couple of places in Southwest Georgia I’ve thought about,” Killingsworth said. “I’d like to try and help some folks out and have a little less stress.”

Meanwhile, Miller County expects to name Killingsworth’s replacement soon.

HOOPS VACANCIES: After posting the vacant girls basketball position at Monroe and the boys basketball position at Dougherty earlier this month on the Dougherty County job board, it appears Dougherty High is ready to make a move.

After narrowing down resumes, Dougherty High interim athletic director Jerome Register said the school will begin interviews on Friday.

“We’re going to interview five folks on Friday,” said Register, who also serves as an assistant principal. “After that, we’ll have an idea of what direction we’re heading in.”

The boys position became available when former coach and athletic director Donald Poole abruptly announced his retirement at the end of 2013. The Trojans promoted assistant Ty Hayes to be interim coach, and he finished the season.

The situation isn’t as clear at Monroe, where the school is seeking to replace longtime coach Cheryl Cheeks, who resigned last month after guiding her team to the Region 1-AAAA title and a berth in the state quarterfinals. Cheeks said she wanted to spend more time with family.

Athletic Director Charles Truitt did not give a timetable on when a new coach would be hired.

“We’re waiting on the principal to go through the applications,” he said. “Then we’ll start interviews.”

BUSY OFFSEASON: Westover defensive lineman Trenton Thompson has had a busy spring. For one of the nation’s top football prospects for the Class of 2015, it’s going to get a lot busier.

Thompson recently visited Georgia and Georgia Tech. While Georgia was the first to offer Thompson, he came away from Georgia Tech impressed after an unofficial visit on April 2. Thompson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is considering adding Georgia Tech to his list of favorite schools.

“I’m going to change up my top schools in a little bit,” he said. “I want to do a top seven. Georgia Tech has got a good chance. They’re a home state school. I might do a top seven next week or really soon. I know they (Georgia Tech) are really going to be up there.”