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Chuck is back in town

Hill is the Dawgs' new basketball coach

The Toombs County Bulldogs have a new boys basketball coach and he is very familar with the program. Chuck Hill played on back-to-back Bulldog region championsip basketball teams in 2002-03 and 2003-04 and he also returned to his alma mater in 2010 as an assistant basketball coach. For the past two seasons he has been an assistant basketball coach at West Laurens and now he is coming back to Lyons to be the head coach.

Coach L.M. Guy talks Bulldog Football

New Toombs County High School football coach and athletic director L.M. Guy has been on the job for a month and on a school holiday he stopped by Y-101 Radio to talk about a variety of different subjects. Watch You Tube

Building a relationship with his player- Has allowed Guy to see who is consistent in the weight room. An average of 40 or 50 players have showed up after school for workouts and chalk talks. 

Spring Practice- There won't be a two week spring practice this year. Instead the Bulldogs will play an additional scrimmage game in the Pit against Bradwell Institute. They also will scrimmage ECI.

7-on-7- Each Tuesday night, begining June 10, the Bulldogs will play host to 7-on-7 passing in the Pit which will be open to the public with no admission charge.   

Success breeds success- Guy says he needs athletes from successful programs like wrestling, soccer and baseball to play football so the Bulldogs can play essentially two-platoon ball. Guy says he has been recruiting the halls looking for potential Bulldogs.

Daily Walk- There is a desire in the community for the program to be successful with a Christian emphasis and the Daily Walk wlll be a big part of this.

Dawgs offensive scheme- The option will be a part of the scheme. At Richmond Hill Guy ran a no-huddle fast paced offense like Oregon and Auburn in the college game. The final offensive look of the Bulldogs will depend on the personel available.

Bulldog practice- Will be fast paced with players moving around. For the first 45 minutes there will be music and the players will be going at it pretty good. There will be prayer requests. It will be physical. As the season goes on their will be more drill work, stressing fundamentals, instead of 11-on-11. Practice time will be 2 1/2 hours. 

Coaching staff- There will be some new faces on the sideline along with familar ones from last season.

Richmond Hill success- Guy says he took players, who alot of people didn't think could get it done, and through player development begin producing Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 type athletes.   

The Flying T- The emblem of the Toombs County Bulldogs is not going away. However, there may be a new spin on the Flying-T. The Bulldogs will have new uniforms in 2014.  

L.M. Guy is the TCHS Bulldogs' Guy

selected to be the 6th TCHS football coach

After a two-hour and thirty-five minute executive board meeting, Toombs County superintendent Dr. Kim Corley announced that L.M. Guy will be the sixth head coach of the Toombs County Bulldogs and also the athletic director. He was a unanimous choice. Guy has been a head coach at Robert Toombs Christian Academy and most recently Richmond Hill. He won a state championship at RTCA and turned Richmond Hill from a losing to a winning program. He also was an assisstant at Vidalia High meaning he will now have coached football at all three schools in Toombs County. Listen to a Y-101 Radio interview with coach Guy  SoundCloud 

The new coach appeared on Y-101 Radio after hearing from Dr. Corley that he had been selected and approved by the board. "I maybe approach things different than most," Guy said. "I just want to be in the Lord's will when it comes to my job situation. The Lord has blessed me to be a head coach at Robert Toombs Christian Academy and also at Richmond Hill High School and I have been blessed in many ways in those endeavors. I always would like to be closer to home, but at the same time I also wanted to be in Lord's will and I felt like if the opportunity was given it was the Lords way of showing me where he would have me to be. This opportunity came and I am very great and thankful for the board of education and Dr. Corley and the Toombs County people for trusting me with probably the most precious commodity in Toombs County and that is their children."

Guy will begin his employment at TCHS as soon as he can get out of his contract at Richmond Hill, "There are two things that I feel are a priority and that is put God first and kids second," Guy said. We feel like those things are our primary focus. Player development should be a focus throughout our entire program. Development of athletes, development of the student athletes is probably the most important thing we need to do. It is more important than a game. It is more important than the game of football, baseball or anything that we do. We are going to try and help these young men and young women get to the next level."

Coach Guy has been known in the past to run a Georgia Southern style of offense. However, upon taking the Toombs County job he is not committing to any offense until he able to see what he has on the field. "I would be a fool to sit here and tell you what we are going to run without first evaluating the personnel and adapting to the strengths of the players. One of the things that Gus Malzahn (Auburn head coach) and Art Briles (Baylor head coach) credited for running the two most high octane offenses in college is in their years of high school experience and adapting to the strengths of their players."

At Richmond Hill Guy stopped a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons. In his second year as head coach (2011) he guided the Wildcats to a 6-4 record- a two-game improvement over a 4-6 in his first season. Then Guy did something no Richmond Hill coach had ever done. He took back-to-back teams to the state playoffs. In 2012 Richmond Hill went 9-3 and lost at Warner Robins 17-15 in the first round. That season opened with a five game winning streak which included 20-17 home win over Glynn Academy. After a two and three point loss to Effingham County and Ware County the Raiders finished the regular season with three straight victories over Bradwell Institute, Jenkins and Windsor Forrest by lopsided scores. 

This past season Richmond Hill opened up with six straight wins before losing at Ware County 34-17. Ware went 11-2 losing to 5A state runnerup Tucker in the playoffs. Richmond Hill finished a 10-2 season with four straight wins including a 13-7 home victory over Thomas County Central in the first round of the playoffs. The Wildcats season ended with a 45-28 loss at Warner Robins.

Guy's first football head coaching job was at Robert Toombs in 1998 and he went 6-6 losing 13-12 at Thomas Jefferson in the state championship game. After a 2-9 season in 1999, RTCA went 6-7, in 2000, losing another state championship match up at Thomas Jefferson 28-26. In 2001 the 4-8 Crusaders made it to the semifinals and lost at Crisp Academy 22-15. An 8-5 RTCA team ended 2002 losing to Crisp once again in the semi's 9-0.    

In 2003 an older and stronger bunch of Crusaders avenged those back-to-back losses at Crisp with a 35-0 win on the road in the state championship game. That team went 10-3 and lost two games by a total of three points at home- 14-13 to Bulloch Academy and 22-20 to Trinity Christian.

Guys overall coaching record is 75-54 (58%). 47-39 (54.6%) at RTCA and 28-15 (65.1%) at Richmond Hill. 

Versprille terminated by BOE

In a special called meeting on December 3, 2014 the Toombs County Board of Education voted unanimously to terminate the contract of Toombs County High School athletic director and head football coach Steve Versprille. Versprille, an assistant coach at Dublin High School, was named the Toombs County Bulldogs fifth coach in February of 2013 and he coached the Bulldogs to a 4-6 season. 

Bulldogs add 3 assistant coaches

The Toombs County Bulldogs will not only have a new head coach on the sideline when the 2013 football season begins, but also their will be three new assistant coaches. Former Bulldog football, baseball and two-time state championship wrestler Bradley Benton has joined the staff after two years at West Laurens as an assistant varsity wrestling coach and a middle school football coach. Coach Benton will work with the defensive backs. Travis Bluett, a former Vidalia Indian football quarterback and baseball first baseman has joined the staff after coaching football at Montgomery County. He was also the Eagles boys head basketball coach. Coach Bluett is the offensive assistant head coach and he will be in charge of the offensive line. Robbie Rogers, who has been a TCHS assistant wrestling, cross country and track coach joins the football staff as the receivers coach. Listen to a Y-101 story profiling the three new coaches Audio

Here is the rest of the staff and their duties. Head coach Steve Versprille will coach linebackers. Defensive coordinator Jay Cravey will coach defensive tackles and Brian Fitzgerald defensive ends. Neal David will be the special teams coordinator and the running backs coach and Randy Callahan will be the passing game coordinator and the quarterbacks coach.  

Coach Hill reminisces on Y-101

Coach Kevin Hill has decided to step down as the athletic director at Toombs County High School after 24 years and he will join his brother, Clay, at Pinewood Christian Academy teaching drivers education and coaching middle school football. "I just felt like it was time for somebody else to take that role," said Hill. "I still want to teach and work and the opportunity arose for me to do this and I can draw my retirement and work for a few more years in a new environment." Hill says you will still see him at the Pit and at other Toombs County sporting events in the future. Listen to the interview Audio

Hill became at athletic director in 1989 and one of his key early decisions was to hire a young Mark Stroud to be the head coach of the Bulldog football team. After a couple of 1-9 seasons the Bulldogs became a regular participant in the state playoffs and made it to the Elite 8 five times. "There were three or four times that we went in to week three (of the playoffs) and should have been able to win it. But we played some of the best teams in the state of Georgia and just couldn't get over the hump. But it was a great run."    

Hill, a former high school wrestler and state runner-up, started the new sport at TCHS in 1991. Despite practicing in an equipment room and the football locker room the Bulldogs became an area powerhouse in the sport producing 15 individual state championships. "We had a seven year run with Bryan Benton becoming one of 23 four-time state champs and his older brother, Bradley, won two and Demery Hawkins won two and it all started with Sherman Wright winning the first one at Armuchee," said Hill. "That's a heck of a run and I am proud of all of those kids."  

The Toombs County Bulldogs New Coach is

Steve Versprille

Coach Versprille and his father Eddie 

A young Versprille and Joe Namath 

At 9:41 a.m. on February 27, 2013, Dr. Kim Corley, the superintendant of schools for Toombs County, named Steve Versprille as the fifth head coach of the Toombs County Bulldog football team. Versprille was the assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Dublin High School. This will be his first opportunity to be a head coach after many years as an assistant in Georgia and his hometown Norfolk, Virginia. "I think that Toombs County is a great program and the kids could be winners," said Versprille. I think that the style that I coach would be a plus at Toombs County and we could win alot of football games together."

Dr. Corley said that Versprille moved to the number one choice early in the start of a long process, "It was a long, detailed process. We spent many, many hours on this because we wanted it to be the right person for the job. We fill like coach V is the right person for this job and we are just so excited and we are looking forward to it." Corley also said that Versprille had a great interview, "that's how he quickly moved to our number one and then everything else that we followed up from there kept him at that number one position."

Listen to Y-101's live coverage of the board meeting and an interview with Coach Versprille Ustream  Watch a conversation with the Bulldogs' new football coach You Tube

Versprille comes from an athletic family. His father, Eddie, was a linebacker and a fullback in the early 60's at the University of Alabama. Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant once called him the best linebacker in the SEC. He was the teams leading rusher in 1963 and he played on a national championship team in 1961. Three decades later, Steve followed in his father's footsteps and also wore the crimson red at the Capstone. He wore number 54 and was an inside linebacker on teams coached by Bill Curry and Gene Stallings. 

Subjects covered in interview on Y-101 Radio

Vision for program- "I know that expectations are tremendous at Toombs County. What we would like to accomplish with this football program is winning. No matter how intense someone is I am going to be 10 times more intense, I am going to be 10 times more focused on winning. I want to build from the inside out. I am going to start focusing on the character of our kids. I think when we build character within the kids that things get better in the weight room and if they have discipline in the weight room they start having discipline on the field and that's how you win football games."

Offensive scheme- "I was an offensive coordinator in Virginia and we ran split back veer. So, I am going to start focusing on that as our offense. I have always looked at Toombs County as having hard nosed, tough, big players up front and I feel we can be very successful running the splt back veer."

Defensive scheme- "I am going to stick with what did at Dublin and I am going to run a 4-3 multiple and a 4-2-5 when we play spread teams. We are going to be really multiple on defense."

Versprille on his role as coach- "I want to work heavily with the offense. I am going to have an offensive coordinator. I want to be the man on offense and make big decisions on offense. On defense my heart is with the linebackers so I really want to coach linebackers when I am on defense."

His staff of assistant coaches- "I want to interview the coaching family at Toombs County and make sure that we are all on the same page. I have been in talks with some guys that I have coached with and some that I haven't that have expressed an interest. I am going to make sure that Toombs County High School has the best staff around, so that the kids get the best coaching. We are going to focus on fundamentals- blocking, tackling and running."

What will practice be like- "It will be constant movement and that's what is going to make off season weight room and conditioning so important. I watched Alabama practice last spring and they never stopped moving. That is what I want- constant movement. It doesn't take alot of time to get what you need done when you are constantly moving."

How to pronounce last name- Verse-prilly 

Arrington's Rebels are in the Elite 8

Toombs County buddies Bobby George, Anson Callaway, Benny Dees and Brad Lane surround Effingham County coach Donnie Arrington (center) after victory which sends the Rebels to the Elite 8 in 5A. 

Former Toombs County Bulldog basketball coach Donnie Arrington has advanced to the Elite 8 in the GHSA 5A State Tournament as his Effingham County Rebels whipped Starr's Mill 61-39 in a packed gym in Springfield. From Saturday to Saturday, the Rebels beat Jenkins 60-59 to win the Region championship, smashed Warner Robins 90-60 in the first round of the state tourney and then smothered their visitors from Fayette County with an aggressive defense that stepped into passing lanes and denied shots at the rim with blocked shots from 6-8 junior Jakeenan Gant. Watch Highlights and an interview with coach Arrington You Tube  

Starr's took an early 6-1 lead and then the Rebels turned up the defensive pressure and they quickly built up a 16-9 lead after the opening quarter, a 33-12 advantage at half and a 54-23 positive margin after three which meant the fourth period was a quick six minute mercy quarter.

Senior point guard Jay Wright led a balanced attack with 15 points, Gant and senior shooting guard Ryan Wilkins each scored 13 points and senior De' Audray Rhett had 10. The Rebels beat Creekside 84-52 on Wednesday to move into the Final Four. In the semifinal game the Rebels lost on a last second to Gainesville- 63-62. Watch the replay GHSA TV.

Coach Donnie Arrington won a region championship at Effingham County by beating Jenkins 60-59. Watch the replay GHSA TV  

Williamson resigns as TCHS coach

After five years as head coach at his alma mater, Shane Williamson has resigned from Toombs County High School to accept the head coaching position at Forsyth Central in Cummings. Williamson met with his team on Friday morning and told them about his decision. "I have three kids and a wife and my momma and daddy are here. But, this is something that we have prayed about. It's a golden opportunity. It's a bigger school, bigger program and it is just an opportunity that God has opened some doors for me and were going to walk through it and we have all the faith on him."   Y-101 Story    

Williamson accepted the Toombs County head coaching job on February 14, 2008 replacing Mark Stroud, who left to take a similar position at Calvary. The former Swainsboro head coach won his first game as head coach of the Bulldogs 22-21 over East Laurens in the Pit. The Dawgs, who were 2-3 after their first five games, changed offenses from the spread to the I-formation and they reeled off seven straight wins and advanced to the Elite 8 before losing at Calhoun 41-14 and finishing with a 9-4 record. The Bulldogs shutout Vidalia 20-0 in the Pit and they beat Swainsboro, in the season's most exciting game 43-30, to make the playoffs. They defeated SW Macon 13-0 at Henderson Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs- the Toombs County Bulldogs first ever road playoff victory. In the second round the Dawgs knocked off Cook County 19-7 in a very cold Pit.

In 2009 the Bulldogs went 2-8 with home wins over Southeast Bulloch and Screven County. They lost four games by a touchdown or less including back-to-back four point losses at Dodge County and at home to Bleckley County. In their third game of the season the Bulldogs led Jefferson County, on the road, 17-7 in the third quarter and maintained their advantage until Barry Bostic scored on a long pass play with 4:39 to play.

After losing three straight games in 2010, the 1-4 Dawgs beat Appling County and Pierce County to get back in the Region 2 playoff race. Toombs then lost a hard fought game at Tattnall County 21-14 and their post season hopes were dashed with a 35-20 loss at Brantley County. Toombs finished with a 4-6 record.

The Bulldogs opened up the 2011 season with eight straight losses. Some were competitive and some were not. Toombs ended the season with a 20-16 home win over Brantley County and a 34-14 victory at Long County to go 2-8.

Toombs County opened up this past season winning four of five games, allowing only two touchdowns and shutting out three opponents. The Bulldogs only loss during this stretch was 7-6, at home, to Bacon County. The Raiders scored the game winning touchdown in the final 30 seconds. The Bulldogs biggest win of the 2012 season was 14-12 over Benedictine in week eight. TCHS finished the regular season with a 7-3 record as did Benedictine and Bacon and the three schools met at Long County for a mini-game playoff tie-breaker. The Bulldogs lost to Bendictine 6-0 and Bacon County 7-0 in overtime to just miss making the GHSA field of 32 Double A playoff teams. Williamson's record at Toombs County was 24-29 and his lifetime record, including six seasons at Swainsboro, is 66-53-2.

Williamson takes over a Forsyth Central squad that has gone 2-8 the past two seasons and 1-9 before that. The last time the team, also nicknamed Bulldogs, made it to the playoffs was in 2001. Forsyth Central is a 5-A school with over 2000 students. There are five high schools in Forsyth County located north of Atlanta and 224 miles away from Lyons.

Arringtons are piling up the W's

Head coach Donnie Arrington and son Ryan (far right) 

Former Toombs County Bulldog head basketball coach Donnie Arrington and his Effingham County Rebels are off to an amazing start this season. The Rebels won their first 11 straight and then they lost their only game of the season to Gonzaga Prep (51-31) in the championship game of the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic in Charleston, South Carolina. On the same night (January 21, 2112) the Rebels were roasting Evans 73-32 before a big home crowd in Springfield, Gonzaga was edging DeMatha 76-74 before 3,200 fans at American University in Washington, D.C. Gonzaga was ranked third nationally and DeMatha was number one in the land. Gonzaga is 17-0, while DeMatha drops to 16-2. That means the Rebels only loss, is perhaps, to the soon-to-be number one team in the country.

In Effingham's victory over Evans the Rebels turned a 20-17 lead in the first quarter in to a 45-21 lead at half. Leading the way in the 25-4 run was Jakeenan Gant (number 23), who scored 16 of his game high 19 in the first half. Gant, a 6-8 sophomore, is already being looked at by Division One schools. Gant dropped in a 3-pointer from the top of the key and also had two dunks. The Rebels had four double-digit scorers and shot 58% from the field and improved their current winning streak to six games and their record to 17-1 and 5-0 in Region 2B AAAA. Watch highlights You Tube

The Rebels win with defense first. They are yielding 39 points per game and only two teams have hit 50, Gonzaga and Jenkins (78-55 Rebel win). "We got off to a great start, they (Evans) shot the ball really well early and then our defensive pressure really got to them," said Arrington. We got out on the fast break and Jakeenan played great. The guards just did a great job defensively and it was a lot of fun." Arrington is assisted by former Toombs County assistant coach Jamie Clayton.

Number 14 on the Knights roster is son Ryan Arrington. Ryan grew up in Toombs County and played for the Bullpups prior to the family's move to Springfield. Ryan comes off the bench and handles the basketball, plays man-to-man defensive and shoots 3-pointers. The senior says, "We work really hard, I think we deserve everything we have gotten. We come in to practice everyday and work our tail off and it pays off."

Ryan's older brother Chase, who played two seasons at Toombs County High School, has decided to walk on at Armstrong Atlantic next season. Chase most recently played at East Georgia where he was a starter in his freshman season. "I'm really looking forward to it," said Chase. "I talked to coach (Jeremy) Luther and he really wants me to be a part of their team. I really think I can flourish there. They run an offense that I can thrive in and I am really looking forward to it."

Josh Dees is a JUCO National Champion

Former Toombs County Bulldog Josh Dees, in his third season as an assistant at the College of Southern Idaho, is a national champion. His Golden Eagles defeated Midland 72-64 to win the NJCAA title. Y-101 Story 

Josh began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for one season at Division 1 Colorado State and then he joined head coach Steve Gosar at CSI. Gosar played for Josh's father, Benny Dees, at Wyoming.

After graduating from TCHS Josh walked on at Wyoming and then he transfered to West Carolina where he played for two seasons. 

TCHS basketball season ends

Benny Dees coaching his last game of a long, successful career 

The Toombs County High School basketball season ended one game short of the Region 3 Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs lost to East Laurens 47-25 in the first region play-in game in Lyons. Ashley Polke topped TCHS with nine points and Bessie Pittman added eight. The Bulldogs, who were down 10-0 after the first quarter, rallied and took their only lead of the game on a Bobby Joe Mincey bucket with 1:20 to play in the game. However, the 29-28 advantage didn't hold up. Bleckley County hit two three throws and won the game 31-29. Senior Alex Jenkins scored nine points. Watch Highlights Video

For head coach Benny Dees, the game was the final one of his career. Dees informed his team at the end of the regular season that he was ending his long coaching career. Dees had two runs at TCHS. He assisted head Coach Donnie Arrington during an amazing run that saw the Bulldogs win back-to-back region titles and then after serving as head coach at Jeff Davis (where he stopped a long losing streak with a win over Telfair County), Dees returned to Lyons as an assistant and then replaced Arrington as head coach when he left to take the Effingham County job. 

Dees, a Montgomery County native, had a long, successful career at all levels of amateur basketball. He was a high school, junior college and Division 1 head coach. Dees was the first head coach when Virginia Commonwealth went Division 1 in 1968. He went 12-11 and 13-10. Dees next head job was at New Orleans and he lead the Privateers on the best run in school history winning 42 games and losing just 16 and he took UNO to the NCAA Tourney and won a game 83-79 over BYU in the opening round in the 1987 tourney. Read Sports Illustrated Story

Benny, a Wyoming graduate, next coached his alma mater for six seasons and won 104 games and earned another trip to the NCAA Tourney. Dees' 1987-88 Wyoming team went 26-6 and was ranked 13th in the final AP Poll and 14th in the UPI top 20. The Cowboys were featured on the front cover of Sports Illustrated's College Basketball Preview Issue. Read Feature Story  Also, check out another SI Story on Wyoming 

Dees was also a head coach at Western Carolina and just like he did at VCU and UNO he rebuilt the program from scratch and went 26-30 in two seasons with Southern Conference Player of the Year Frankie King (Appling County High School). Dees was a successful Division 1 assistant at Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky and Alabama.

Dees joined the Alabama staff in June of 1981 and assisted head coach Wimp Sanderson during a fantastic Tide run. Alabama won a SEC Tournament title in 1982 with a 48-46 win over Kentucky in Lexington. The Tide made four trips to the NCAA Tourney and advanced to the Sweet 16 twice. In the 1982 NCAA Tourney Alabama (a four seed) beat St. Johns 69-68 in the second round and then lost to the eventual national champions in the Sweet 16. North Carolina beat Bama 74-69 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Matt Doherty and James Worthy eached scored 16 points for the Tar Heels. Sam Perkins added 15 and a young Michael Jordan scored 11 by hitting three-of-six shots from the field. 

Of course Coach Dees has always been known for his ability to say something witty and he has been quoted many times by the national media. 

Los Angeles Times, April 2, 1987  

Benny Dees, head basketball coach at the University of New Orleans, was an assistant coach at the University of Alabama when Charles Barkley was a star at Leeds (Ala.) High School.

Says Dees: "Coming out of high school, I never thought Barkley would make it. I figured he'd gain 60 pounds and become a slob. So he gains 80 pounds and becomes a superstar."

Sports Illustrated- They Said it, February 22, 1988

Wyoming basketball coach, bemoaning a recent slump by the Cowboys: "It was so bad my travel agent called me with a play—and I wrote it down."             

The Strouds and Calvary are winning

In the 2006 and 2007 seasons the Calvary Day Cavaliers won just two total games. So far in seven games in 2008 the Cavs have won four games including three out of their last four under former Toombs County coach Mark Stroud. On Friday night the 4-3 Cavaliers came-from-behind in the second half and beat Portal on the road 21-12. Former Bulldog Seth Stroud is starting at quarterback and linebacker. Y-101 Story       

Watch video 1st Quarter  2nd Quarter  3rd Quarter  4th Quarter  Post Game

Coach Shane Williamson meets the Bulldog supporters

Shane Williamson, Toombs County High School's new head football coach, returned home to officially meet the Bulldog fans at a gathering at the Lyons Depot. Joining Williamson was assistant coach Travis Ellington. Ellington, who coached with Williamson at Swainsboro, is also joining the Bulldogs' coaching staff. Coach Williamson talks to Y-101 Radio. Audio   

Assistant coaches coming and going at TCHS

There are two assistant coaching changes that are official at Toombs County High School. Chris Harrelson is leaving for Northside of Warner Robbins and Travis Ellington is leaving Swainsboro to join new Bulldog head football coach Shane Williamson at Toombs County.

Harrelson, who led the Bulldog baseball team to the second round of the state playoffs in 2003 as a head coach, has most recently been an assistant in football (wide receivers), baseball and wrestling. Y-101 Profile of Harrelson  Ellington is expected to coach the Bulldogs offensive backs Y-101 Profile of Ellington    

Former Dawg Williamson is the Bulldogs' next head coach

Shane Williamson, a former Toombs County Bulldog football player, has been approved by the Toombs County Board of Education to be the next head football coach of the Bulldogs. Williamson spent the past six seasons coaching the Swainsboro Tigers and has led them to back-to-back 9-2 seasons and his overall record was 42-24-2. Y-101 Story  Coach Williamson talks about coming home to coach the Bulldogs Audio  TCHS Athletic Director Kevin Hill talks about the choice. Audio  Bulldog wide receiver Daniel NeSmith talks about the new coach Audio   Dr. Kendall Brantley, Superintendent of Schools, approves the recommendation of Williamson Video  

 Arrington steps down after season ending loss

In the locker room following Toombs County's season ending loss to Bleckley County, Bulldog basketball head coach Donnie Arrington told his team that he was stepping down from his position after 16 years on the job. Arrington said it was time to do something different. Last season Arrington won his 300th game and his Bulldog highlights include back-to-back region championships which were won in the Gillis Gymnasium where he made his announcement. Arrington talks about his decision Audio  

 Mark Stroud reminisces on his Bulldog years on Y-101 Radio

Mark Stroud, who accepted the head coaching position at Calvary Day, spent more than two hours on Y-101 Radio sharing memories of his 16 years coaching the Toombs County Bulldogs. Stroud talked to former players, including NFL veteran Travares Tillman, and he took phone calls from assistant coaches and Bulldog fans who thanked him for his contributions to the community. Listen to both hours  1st Hour  2nd Hour  Y-101 Salute to Mark Stroud

Stroud with the Bulldogs

Stroud leaves the Bulldogs for new challenge at Calvary

Mark Stroud, who turned a struggling football program at Toombs County High School into a consistent winner, has decided to end his 16 year tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs. Stroud told his coaches and players Thursday morning that he had accepted the head coaching position at Calvary Day in Savannah. Stroud, who won 120 games and lost 60 in Lyons, takes over a Calvary program that went 1-8 this past season and 1-9 the year before. Coach Stroud talks to Y-101 Radio about his decision Audio  Y-101 Story

Calvary  Cavaliers

Calvary football, ebb and flow

Mark Stroud will be taking over a football program, that success wise, has had a definite ebb and flow. During Alan Lowes' tenure (1995-1999) the Cavaliers had six straight winning seasons including a trip to the third round of the playoffs. However, in the last seven years the Cavs have had only three above .500 seasons and the last two have been one win campaigns. Mark Stroud talks about the Calvary challenge Audio  Calvary principal James Taylor talks about his new football coach Audio