GAC’s new football coach from Florida, endorsed by UGA’s Richt

Cokely (Photo from GAC's Web site)

Cokely (Photo from GAC's Web site)

Greater Atlanta Christian’s new football coach, Tim Cokely, has won six state championships in Florida, and even got a endorsement from UGA’s Mark Richt.

Cokely’s hiring was announced on Monday by the Atlanta private school.

“His philosophy of being both excellent and Christ-centered fits perfectly into the mission of GAC,” athletics director Tim Vick said.

Cokely directed North Florida Christian to state titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2008. He also coached from 2005-2007 at Colquitt County High, compiling a 14-18 record, including 2-8 in his final season. His overall coaching record is 121-42.

Mark Richt released a statement about the coach. “I was at Florida State for 15 years and got a chance to know Tim Cokely extremely well over the years. (He will) be a fantastic, fantastic coach and represent (GAC) well. Coach Cokely handles people well, coaches well, and treats kids the way they should be treated.”

GAC had records of 4-7 and 1-9 the last two years under Ken Robinson.

Greater Atlanta Christian’s new football coach, Tim Cokely, has won six state championships in Florida, and even got a endorsement from UGA’s Mark Richt.
Cokely’s hiring was announced on website for the Atlanta private school.
“His philosophy of being both excellent and Christ-centered fits perfectly into the mission of GAC,” athletics director Tim Vick said.
Cokely directed North Florida Christian to state titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2008. He also coached from 2005-2007 at Colquitt County High, compiling a 14-18 record, including 2-8 in his final season. His overall coaching record is 121-42.
The website quoted Richt as saying “Coach Cokely handles people well, coaches well, and treats kids the way they should be treated.” The two men have known each other since Richt’s own coaching days in Florida.
GAC had records of 4-7 and 1-9 the last two years under Ken Robinson.

13 comments Add your comment

GACSPARENT

February 1st, 2010
3:57 pm

I guess he can’t be any worse than what we’ve had. Cross Keys is still in our region so he will at least tie last years win/lost record. No where to go but up!

GAC nobody

February 1st, 2010
4:05 pm

So the marshmallow coach up the road endorsed our coach. I’m so thrilled.

GACSPARENT

February 1st, 2010
4:21 pm

Let’s be optomistic nobody. This could be a potential pipeline for our kids to get to UGA. :)

Nilo Silvan

February 1st, 2010
7:33 pm

Actually, Cross Keys is playing a non-region schedule next year.

Ernie Sims

February 1st, 2010
10:11 pm

Hope you will support him…great coach and mentor

GACSPARENT

February 1st, 2010
10:41 pm

We have no choice but to support him. He’s all we got!

2D

February 2nd, 2010
9:22 am

Wow, I would think the Christian spirit would be to greet the new coach with open arms! Reading these comments reminds me of my Philadelphia roots, everything negative. Thanks Mr. Sims for your insight; hopefully the parents and kids will give the new coach a chance to do great things, and have a positive effect on the GAC community.

Taylor Wooten

February 2nd, 2010
9:30 am

This guy is horrible. Ask the fine folks in Colquitt County.

Taylor Wooten

February 2nd, 2010
11:26 am

Maybe Coach Richt could comment on the Casey Weldon-Tim Cokely fiasco a few years ago. Id be interested in hearing his thoughts on THAT. Even more so, Id like to hear God saw it.

tallytowntransplant

February 2nd, 2010
11:27 am

Log on to the Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper (TDO.COM) to read how the folks in Tallytown are responding to his leaving.

When he left, NFCS to go to colquitt county, NFCS hired former fsu (&NFCS) star and 1991 Heisman trophy runner-up Casey Weldon as the coach….

When Cokely was fired at Colquitt, Weldon was inexplicably fired at NFCS. the Pastor/school administrator, Randy Ray stated it was “God’s will” that Cokely comes back. Weldon is somewhat of a Legend in tallahassee, being a homegrown star both at High school, and then FSU.

Cokely comes back (who incidently is great friends with the school AD and Randy Ray) and then leaves after 1 year……The folks in tallahasse are saying that Cokely “KIFFENIZED” North Florida……..

I wish GACS well, he is an excellent coach, and like the article mentions, is a positive, christian role-model for the players. However, it’s no secret in Tallahassee that NFCS has recruited well under his regime……….

tallytowntransplant

February 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

btw……..Coach Richt is related to Brad Johnson (Brad married CMR’s sister), former FSU and Pro QB………….Johnson could never supplant Casey as starting QB…(but then again neither could Charlie Ward either!!!!!!)…

not that that means anything, but interesting nonetheless

Gdawg4

February 14th, 2010
9:41 am

Cokely won’t last. He is a liar and a joke. Ask the people in Colquitt County what he did with the kids in their program.

NFC 2 COLORADO WR

March 3rd, 2010
3:04 am

he is a good coach and runs/conditions practice well. however, he’s more business like when it comes to football instead of having relationship with players. he def wasted some talent when i played for him and didnt help some players get scholarships..he def. picks his favorite players and least favorite players and that will effect playing time, play calling etc etc.. if you want your kid to play or get a scholarship ( cause he has sources even if it’s 1aa) just be a booster for the football program and things will work out..he does know football well for never playing the game in his life, however, he did make one bad call when i played for him which cost us the semi’s…dont expect him to stay around too long bc he’s there for a reason ( to get on Richts staff one day)..he promised me and some other players a lot of things a 17-18 year old man would believe..and didnt come through, thats what bothered me and i saw a different side of him..but Goodluck, unlike Colquitt co. GAC is a good place for him to be..he’ll def build your program up to a state – championship competing team.