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Coaching changes announced

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Four football assistants, head coaches, assistants in other sports named

  • Coaching changes announced
    Rico Gibson comes to JCHS from Central-Macon.
  • Coaching changes announced
    David Denson coached at Howard High in 2019.
  • Coaching changes announced
    Chase Fowler was head coach in Milledgeville.
  • Coaching changes announced
    Alexus Humphries comes from Westside-Macon.

A number of coaching changes have been announced for Jones County High School, Gray Station Middle School and Clifton Ridge Middle School for the 2020-21 school year.

As previously announced, Jones County head softball coach Blake Lyons is retiring, and long-time assistant Tripp Burt has been promoted to replace him.

Assistant Mikayla Greene is expecting her first child this fall so will not coach softball this season but will continue as head girls’ soccer coach in the spring. Student assistant Shelby Fontenot is also not returning.

Tyler Clippard, who has served as a trainer at the high school for several years, will also be an assistant softball coach this season, and former Lady Hound Christa Malone Rawlings is joining the staff as an assistant.

Jeff Williams, who is stepping down as head golf coach, will also remain as a softball assistant.

Lance Pittman will be the new head golf coach, and boys’ basketball coach Buck Harris will be the assistant, replacing Lyons.

Jones County is adding a new sport this fall – girls’ volleyball. Ladonna Olivieri will be the head coach, and Amanda Paulk will be her assistant.

Four football assistants are leaving.

John Abernathy, who was also head baseball coach at Gray Station, has been hired as head football coach at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon. Community assistant Butch Bryan, who graduated from Tattnall and coached there for a number of years when Barney Hester was head coach, is going with Abernathy as an assistant.

Chance Scott is stepping down as a football coach to take an expanded role as the special education compliance official at the high school.

And Seneric McCurdy is rejoining Rush Propst in his new job at Valdosta. McCurdy had worked for Propst at Colquitt County before coming to Jones County last season after Propst was ousted and replaced by former Greyhound coach Justin Rogers.

The new football assistants who have been hired are Rico Gibson, Alexus Humphries, Chase Fowler and David Denson.

Gibson, who was a football assistant and the head baseball coach at Central-Macon, will coach outside linebackers and will also be head baseball coach at Gray Station.

Fowler, who was head coach at Milledgeville Prep School last season, will also coach outside linebackers.

Humphries, who comes from Westside- Macon, will take McCurdy’s place coaching defensive line, and he will also be an assistant track coach.

And Denson, who was at Howard High in Macon, replaces Scott coaching wide receivers.

“We hate to see all four who are leaving go, but they all got promotions or raises, so we’re happy for them,” Jones County head football coach Mike Chastain said. “But we were very fortunate to hire the four new coaches we did and believe they will be great additions to our staff.”

Three former Greyhounds are coming back to help coach basketball next year – Dennis Woolfolk Jr. will be an assistant with the high school boys, Dylan Dupree will be an assistant with the high school girls, and Shermaine Pinkard will be head girls’ coach at Clifton Ridge.

Terrance Quarterman will be the new head boys’ basketball coach at Gray Station, Jason Barbee will be the new combined middle school boys’ soccer coach, and Kim Hanner will be the new combined middle school cross country coach.

Leila Holt returns as head coach for the high school competitive cheer team. Her new assistant will be Justin Daniels, and Meddie Fuller will coach the middle school team. “We’re still looking for

“We’re still looking for a couple of cheerleading coaches, for the basketball cheer team at the high school and the football and basketball teams at Gray Station, but we are happy with the new coaches we have found to fill our openings for next year,” Jones County athletic director Barry Veal said.

“We’re just all anxious to get back in school in the fall and get sports going again after having to shut down for the coronavirus this spring.,” he added.