PREP NOTEBOOK: Dougherty County AD Johnny Seabrooks announces retirement

Johnny Seabrooks has been AD since 2001

Dougherty County Director of Athletics Johnny Seabrooks announced his retirement earlier this week. (Herald File Photo)

Dougherty County Director of Athletics Johnny Seabrooks announced his retirement earlier this week. (Herald File Photo)

ALBANY — Johnny Seabrooks announced his resignation as the Director of Athletics for the Dougherty County School System earlier this week.

A former football and track & field coach at Monroe High School and Dougherty, Seabrooks has been the Dougherty County athletic director since 2001. Before that, he spent 28 years coaching at both schools.

Seabrooks declined to comment about his resignation, but Dougherty County Schools Superintendent David Mosely stressed that Seabrooks is leaving on good terms and that his service to the county has been long and dedicated.

“The only things I can say about him are good things,” Mosely said. “He served us well. I can almost classify him in the legends category both in Albany and throughout the state. Johnny Seabrooks has been good for Albany.”

The resignation will need to be officially accepted by the school board next Wednesday before the search for a replacement moves forward, and Mosely said the position will likely be filled on a part-time basis for now.

“We are in the process of downsizing, and my preference right now until maybe the economy picks up and we get back on our feet is to get somebody part time in that capacity since each school has its own athletic director,” Mosely said. “We would find somebody who can manage (Hugh Mills Stadium) and manipulate the schedules. It’s certainly not carved in stone, but that’s the idea at the present time.”

Seabrooks, the longtime coach synonymous with track & field in Albany, was recently inducted into the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. He is also a member of three other prestigious Hall of Fame clubs — Albany Sports, Georgia Track and Cross Country and Albany State.

“I am blessed,” Seabrooks said in a recent interview with The Herald. “When I started as an athletic director 18 years ago, I just wanted to make a difference in the lives of coaches and student-athletes. That meant going to work everyday and making a difference.”

LEE COUNTY READY FOR UPGRADES: The athletics facilities at Lee County High School will get an upgrade thanks to an extension of a school bond passed by voters late Tuesday night.

And Lee football coach Dean Fabrizio couldn’t be happier.

Athletic improvements will include a new field house, artificial turf installation for the school’s football stadium, track enhancements and renovations and expansion of the existing field house and locker rooms.

“I’m pretty happy about it,” Fabrizio said. “We’re going to recoup our money in the long run (by installing artificial turf) because we won’t have to water and fertilize the grass.”

Fabrizio said he is unsure when the improvements would begin and isn’t sure if the artificial turf will be installed by the time the season begins on Aug. 29.

“I believe when it is all done, we’ll have facilities that all of Lee County can be proud of,” Fabrizio said.

DEERFIELD ATHLETES HONORED: A pair of Deerfield-Windsor standouts were honored at the school recently. Chapman Ivey was honored as the school’s Athlete of the Year.

Meanwhile, senior Dallas Knight was honored as the Bobo Webb Memorial Award.

THIS AND THAT: Westwood’s doubles tennis team of Rachel Harrell and Callie Smith won the GISA Class AA state title recently. … The high school football season starts in a little more than three months. Westover, Albany and Dougherty open on Aug. 29, while Monroe begins its season on Aug. 23 against Perry.