Miller Grove finally names head football coach … 3 days before season opener

Three days away from the season opener, Miller Grove has finally named its head football coach.

Damien Wimes, the former defensive coordinator at Southwest Dekalb, was officially hired on Tuesday. Miller Grove starts the season against Lakeside on Friday.

“It’s a really good opportunity,” Wimes told the AJC. “Being a graduate of Southwest DeKalb and coaching there for 11 years has been a tremendous experience for me. It gave me a good foundation on what it takes to build a football program with young men.

“I know I can take that knowledge to a really good program at Miller Grove.”

Wimes, 37, said he planned to meet with Miller Grove’s players on Tuesday and would begin teaching economics at the school next week.

“I’m going to tell the kids to expect greatness, and … I know we’re in a transition period, but we have a schedule to play and they have goals they want to reach. I’m excited about being on the journey with them, and let’s win some games.”

Miller Grove has been without a coach since Jasper Jewell resigned on July 1 to take a job as an athletic coordinator with Atlanta Public Schools. DeKalb County delayed the search committee for a new coach until Miller Grove hired a new principal, Matthew Priester, on Aug. 4.

Miller Grove defensive coordinator Darrell Caldwell, who was also a candidate for the job, was in charge of the team since Jewell’s departure. Wimes said he will retain all of Miller Grove’s assistants.

“I am going to leave the staff as it is,” Wimes said. “Most importantly, I am going to help a lot with special teams and be an extra pair of eyes on both side of the ball. I’ll try to put in a little bit of [my philosophy] each week.”

It was tough timing for Southwest DeKalb, which loses its defensive coordinator only a few days before the highly-anticipated showdown with Tucker on Friday.

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53 comments Add your comment

dekalb co.

August 24th, 2010
5:20 pm

It"s DeCab NOT DeCulb

August 24th, 2010
5:48 pm

Ugh! Good luck coach, you’ll need it in that region. I believe in the last decade, more 4-A state champions have come from region 6, than any other

Devildog

August 24th, 2010
6:29 pm

In 11 years he had to learn something about winning from Buck. Hope he’s a good finding colleges for his players.

Big Daddy

August 24th, 2010
6:32 pm

And for the record, Damien Wimes was FIRED by Buck at the end of the season, so was NOT the DC this season, thank GOD. Yep, I am an SWD alum!

Big Daddy

August 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

Are you serious? # days away? This clown? WOW. And they say that they care about kids? Man Please

Football Fan

August 24th, 2010
6:57 pm

Coached get fired and Fired everyday! How often do you read the sports new? Dont hate congratulate! You can’t be that big DADDY!

Sawdust

August 24th, 2010
7:19 pm

He has a lot of experience to feed off of. Good Luck. That was big for Caldwell to stay most of us would has left. Watch out region.

panther

August 24th, 2010
8:25 pm

I am amazed at your hatred Big Daddy especially since Buck had this conspriracy theory that Wimes was trying to take the program from him.. oh well he will join good company steve davenport , mike tanks , john rich , coach cobb, lance davenport , venson elder and other coaches that were fired by Buck becaue they didnt kiss his tail !

Paddy

August 24th, 2010
8:38 pm

Big Daddy..A real man would have kept that info to himself. Poor taste. poor taste, what can I say!!!

Big Daddy

August 24th, 2010
8:54 pm

You see, that’s the problem. People hiding behind the smokescreens and the truth. I call it asI see them. period. You can’t tell me with 72 hours before the first game, this was a smart move? What coach in their right, or wrong mind would take over a program under these circumstances? Please. Kudos for Caldwell and the entire staff for staying. Showed lots of class and character, but hell NO, I will not endorse this hire. There are lots of things you do not know about this situation, Panther, trust me. Lots a back biting and underminding went on. Believe it.

Curious George's Cousin

August 24th, 2010
8:56 pm

Thanks Big Daddy. Why did he get fired. Some people on here cant hande truth.

panther

August 24th, 2010
9:02 pm

whats the truth big daddy ?

Football Fan

August 24th, 2010
9:06 pm

The hatred continues huh big Daddy? What coach would take this job? The one with the right stuff, the right mind and the right man behind him GOD..the real BIG DADDY!! Other than hatred and trying to stir up crap what else is it that YOU do for a living? I agree with you Panther he is not only on good company but better company!!

jag count

August 24th, 2010
9:30 pm

Snoopy

August 24th, 2010
9:55 pm

What a clusterf*** situation this is… 3 days before the season… but that’s Dekalb County for you… or as I call it, Clayton Jr.
Just think about it… you are all smart enough to figure it out.

swdfan

August 24th, 2010
10:57 pm

Congrats Coach! Well deserved! I’m sure you will do an awesome job at Miller Grove just like you did for SWD. You will definitely be missed!

High School Football Fan

August 24th, 2010
10:59 pm

And what does “little” daddy for for a living? Coach pee wee league. You probably ain’t a coach at all. You just like a republican. Run around and stir up crap with no solution. Send your daughter or son to bed cause they got to be writing this for yo dumb butt. Chill out man!

TXDawg

August 24th, 2010
11:39 pm

I ain’t gettin all caught up in the drama but if the football talent is anywhere near the basketball talent at that school then hopefully Wimes can coach them up to some winning records and playoff appearances. The last coach didn’t seem to be able to do so (or maybe that was because they just don’t have the same talent)…..whatever the case, congratulations to the new coach!

Panther Pride

August 25th, 2010
12:54 am

Good luck coach Wimes. i am sure you will do a great at Miller Grove. you are the second SWD coach? player to get hired this week. former SWD LB and alum Cortez Allen was hired as Newton County Head coach After they fired there coach. GOOD LUCK.

Haters Everywhere!

August 25th, 2010
1:23 am

Congratulations to Coach Wimes! He was instrumental in getting a lot of player into college on scholarships at SWD. In case you haven’t been reading the papers lately, nobody is giving SWD any love right now and I wonder why. Big Daddy? More like little boy…If you were an intelligent adult, you’d save your childish banter for your own dinner table. Coach Wimes will do great things in his career. Miller Grove should be proud to have him and SWD should be sad to see him go. Great man, great coach!

Staunch Republican

August 25th, 2010
8:50 am

MR High School Football Fan

He couldn’t be a Republican because he would have a job. He wouldn’t have time to be on here bashing a good coach. The son or daughter writing for him should given it away. You just like a Democrat always blaming it on someone else.

SWD HS Fan

August 25th, 2010
9:11 am

Good luck Coach Wimes! We will miss you at SWD.

ABDUL DAVIS

August 25th, 2010
10:25 am

Listen who is this Big Daddy dude you really sound stupid. My son is Terrance Smith southwest dekalb`s top player. Dude Terrance right now has 20 scholarship offers and is committed to FLORIDA STATE. DUDE coach WEEMS was the coach who we communicated with through this whole process. He cares about these kids and he`s approachable, almost a year ago when we got terrance highlite film made weems took over 20 scholarship offers later,this what u got. So BIG DADDY people that mean something thinks high of weems!! GO talk 2 DAMEYUN CRAIG at FLORIDA STATE about weems and see what he tells you. Have a good day

BLUEANDGOLDBLOOD

August 25th, 2010
10:31 am

Congratulations COACH WIMES, You deserve it, and GOD is faithful!!! Peace be with you on this next chapter in your life. I am glad the staff is with you but if they not, too bad for them, keep that drama out of your staff and you all will do well.

swd's finest

August 25th, 2010
10:48 am

Go Coach! You were a standout at SWD and will be fabulous at Miller Grove. Good luck to you and your team!

BLUEANDGOLDBLOOD

August 25th, 2010
10:51 am

That is true ABDUL DAVIS. And lets check ourselves as a community right now… No other community but our community There are conversations everyday with our young men, bragging about being incarcerated, or wearing it as a badge of honor as some type of right of passage or something. Here we have two men, Buck Godfrey and Coach Wimes, Wimes being a product of what the epitome of what this should all be about to begin with, duplication. Coach Godfrey true was responsible for many of his players going to college and getting degrees, and when Coach Wimes became a coach, his passion for it was to same. So are we freakin competing about putting kids in college and who getting the credit for it. Let us not be so petty folks. Let’s brag about the legacy of trying to further our kids future through college education has been expanded because a lot of coaches don’t care whether you kicking rocks or shoveling snow once you finish playing.

swd's finest

August 25th, 2010
10:56 am

Amen BLUEANDGOLDBLOOD! My sentiments exactly!

Glenwood Hill Fans

August 25th, 2010
11:09 am

Good Luck Coach Wimes,

I knew your hard work would paid off one day…Stay focus on the kids and everything else will fall into place… Much success to you and your new team….

Glenwood Hill

Football Fan

August 25th, 2010
11:14 am

swd’s finest, blue and gold blood, adbdul davis. Finally some intelligent dialouge about one man’s accomplishment. Sorry I allowed myself to get caught up in the drama. Bothers me though when we don’t support accomplishment which this indeed is. Both coaches deserve kudos..the mentor and the mentee!! Congratulations to both of them!!

BLUEANDGOLDBLOOD

August 25th, 2010
11:24 am

Amazing how loves wins all the time and crushes hate. Amazing how hate gets so upset when others don’t want to hate along with them, or see their perspective. We choose to embrace that its God will that both men are where they should be.

d.carter

August 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

Congrats to Coach Weems proud of you dawg hard work does pay off!!!

Paddy

August 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

Big Daddy….you won’t endorse the hire? Did someone ask you too? Can you say…LOW RENT!!!!!

GABred

August 25th, 2010
2:32 pm

Congrats Damien, the Panther nation celebrates your new endeavor. Life is a journey that serves to teach us to constantly seek improvement professionally, relationally, and spiritually. Above all the X’s and O’s, wins and loses, it is a unique position to have bestowed upon you, that of being a coach to young men on the cusp of manhood. Stay true to your faith and convictions, the measure of your success will be determined by the type of young men these become beyond college, the league, or even future jobs. But more the type of fathers, community leaders, citizens. Represent us well Coach, Godspeed (c/o ‘89)

DecaturDre

August 25th, 2010
3:44 pm

This is my son first year @ SWD. He is sad to see Wimes go. He is a great teacher in the classroom. Did not get a chance to play for him. But he went with us to OH State camp. He is all about the kids. Miller Grove is lucky.

rwdekalb

August 25th, 2010
4:32 pm

Wow, I did not know coach Wimes, but it sounds like the students and parents at Miller Grove are getting someone who cares a lot about the kids and their future.

jroc

August 25th, 2010
7:36 pm

This never happens in south ga.

Chris

August 25th, 2010
10:20 pm

Once again BIG DADDY you are commenting like a fool, it sounds to me like your a bitter old coach that never won anything… Everyone on this blog knows you couldnt possibly have went to SWD, because if you did you would not belittle your fellow alum and furthermore why won’t you reveal yourself since your saying people are hiding. Good Luck Coach Wimes, but do yourself a favor and fire all the assistants because they will surely undermine you.

Sawdust

August 26th, 2010
9:49 am

I think that mix will work out great. I saw those guys practice. The coaches seem committed to the players not self. I don’t think they are ignorant like that.

EagleNationRising

August 27th, 2010
9:33 am

How does a program wait until 3 days before the season begins to name a coach? Obviously the kids are not the priority in these places. When it comes to football, most of DeKalb County athletics are a circus AND a joke. This guys walk around proclaiming that they do so much for players, who would otherwise win State Championships playing for real coaches. I watched a clown at Stephenson kick an extra point (P.A.T) while leading by one point in the state playoffs. Everything is disorganized. It is gross underachieving. Kids dancing around for making simple tackles, rushing for a first down, or catching a pass. It is sad to watch. It is a borderline disgrace! This is one of the worst shams in the state.

Just Me

August 27th, 2010
10:22 am

Ron Seabree is such a joke. DeKalb County is saturated with talent yet the leadership sucks. The county is robbing Tucker, Stephenson, SWD and MLK. Those four teams bring in all of the revenue yet they get nothing but a headache in return. Hey, Ron, go away. You suck.

swd's finest

August 27th, 2010
11:28 am

Go Miller Grove and SWD!!!! Go get em Coach Wimes!

pedyflem

August 28th, 2010
12:23 am

the worst swd team i have seen in a while

swdstudent

August 28th, 2010
11:51 am

who replaced wimes as the dc at swd because that would explain the loss to tucker oh and btw whats the point in getting these clowns scholarships have you seen the test scores for dekalb schools i was in coach wimes class and he didnt teach he just talked about football but he is an awesome coach and i wish him the best of luck getting these other clowns scholarships when most dont even have a 3.5 gpa just type in average sat score of an uga athelete and see

Snake

August 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

Again, in due time, you guys will see what “Big Daddy” is talking about. Just sit back, relax. A year from now, on this very same blog, I will be laughing at all of you fools that endorsed this massacre. You don’t do that to kids. 72 hours away from the start of the season? And you expect them to remain focused? We as adults can’t handle sudden change, much less 14-17 year olds. What a joke you clowns are.

alumparent

August 29th, 2010
9:53 pm

WOW!!!!!!!!!! is all i have to say about the negative comments put on here about coach weems. Even if it was not him why not still be proud of whom ever it could have been. And for this Big Daddy person. What’s the deal, are you one of the coaches and fellow parents that are hating. i will say Buck is one of the winning coaches of dekalb,but it is time for him to be honest step down and pass the torch on to someone else. my son came out of SWD and he told me himself of the way things go. I agree with Abdul Davis in their statment. Coach Weems was able to get my son and 12 other kids into college with maybe a week left. And what were the other coahes doing, walking around pulling college coaches to the side and telling them not to chose this kid and pick this one. what BS is that. so dont get me started about the SWDcoaches. and for the swdstudent that made the comment and calling the students clowns, now is not the time to say what he didnt teach you should spoke sooner. last word Buck isnt as clean as people think he is. lot of things go swept under the table that never gets out!!!!!!

Snake

August 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

Now, lookl whoes slinging negative comments?

Snake

August 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

Now look whose slinging negative comments

swdstudent

September 4th, 2010
10:24 am

@alumnparent yea i did call these kids clowns becuase of the education they recieve or rather not. I see football players getting pulled out of class to talk about football and then they fail the test and the quizes. What sense does it make to send these clowns to college when they cant do simple math. Ask any football player how many semesters they have been on honor roll/principals list and how many eoct test they have passed. And dont give me that bs about terrence smith becuase i know him and i know for a fact he does not have a 3.25 gpa. I mean really how many of these kids go pro? How many of them finish college when majoring in something other than p.e? And like i said before wimes is a nice person and a good coach but when it comes to these players learning he and the other coaches dont care. Now dont make me sit here and tell it all because i will tell you what goes down at swd and if the ghsaa found out there would only be about 30 eligible players for swd. And that is supposed to be the best school on the southside im not even talking about these other underperforming schools.

Damien wimes

September 5th, 2010
12:30 am

well snake since about 300 football players have recieved scholarships from swd in the last 30 years and 90 percent of them have gradudated including Dr. Cedric Stallworth , professor at Ga Tech, James Ross Mechanical Engineeer, and countless others how could you make so ignorant a comment ? And what does go down ? why would you even post something like this and call yourself a panther ?

swdstudent

September 6th, 2010
10:57 am

well i can honestly say im not proud to be a panther and you listed about 3 who graduated with a degree in something other than physical education. I also noticed how you failed to talk about the test scores at swd.