Coaches who improved their teams the most in 2011

Awards for state coaches of the year typically go to the head coach whose team wins the state championship. There’s nothing wrong with that, as a coach can’t do better than win a state title. But not enough credit goes to those coaches who make teams better from one season to the next.

Bryan Way at Warner Robins didn’t win a state title, but Warner Robins led the state in “victories improved” from 2010 to 2011, going from 2-8 to 11-3. Then there was Mark Wilson at Bryan County. His team went to 6-4 from 0-10.

Below is a list of 10 coaches in each classification who improved their teams. To be objective, we devised a formula to do it. The formula = (number of 2011 victories – number of 2010 victories) + (improvement in winning PCT x 10) + (number of 2011 playoff rounds – number of 2010 playoff rounds).

If it sounds complicated, don’t worry. We did the math.

Just trust that these 50 coaches deserve a raise.

CLASS AAAAA

Team Coach

2010

2011

W+

Pct.+

Imp.

Walton Rocky  Hidalgo

7-4

14-1

7

0.297

13.970

Lassiter Jep Irwin

5-6

10-4

5

0.260

10.597

Marietta Scott Burton

2-8

6-6

4

0.300

9.000

Grayson Mickey Conn

10-4

15-0

5

0.286

8.857

Benedictine Danny Britt

1-9

5-6

4

0.355

8.545

West Forsyth Frank  Hepler

7-4

11-2

4

0.210

8.098

M.L. King Michael Carson

8-4

12-1

4

0.256

7.564

Dacula Jared Zito

6-4

9-4

3

0.092

6.923

Archer Andy  Dyer

2-8

5-6

3

0.255

6.545

Wheeler Michael Collins

1-9

4-6

3

0.300

6.000

CLASS AAAA

Team Coach

2010

2011

W+

Pct.+

Imp

Warner Robins Bryan  Way

2-8

11-3

9

0.586

18.857

Northgate Tommy  Walburn

5-5

11-1

6

0.417

12.167

Alcovy Kirk  Hoffman

1-9

6-5

5

0.445

10.455

Bainbridge Ed  Pilcher

3-7

8-3

5

0.427

10.273

Johns Creek Mike  Cloy

4-6

9-2

5

0.418

10.182

Lovejoy Al Hughes

10-1

14-1

4

0.024

8.242

Jonesboro Timothy Floyd

5-5

9-2

4

0.318

8.182

Habersham Stuart  Cunningham

3-7

6-5

3

0.245

6.455

Upson-Lee Tommy  Watson

3-7

6-5

3

0.245

6.455

Tri-Cities Kenneth  Miller

7-4

10-3

3

0.133

6.329

CLASS AAA

Team Coach

2010

2011

W+

Pct.+

Imp

Drew Jarrett  Laws

2-8

7-4

5

0.436

10.364

Cedartown Scott Hendrix

4-6

8-3

4

0.327

8.273

Central (Carroll) Grant Chesnut

0-10

4-6

4

0.400

8.000

Cross Creek Travis Nixon

1-9

5-5

4

0.400

8.000

Allatoona Gary  Varner

8-3

12-1

4

0.196

7.958

Mary Persons Rodney Walker

6-4

9-3

3

0.150

6.500

Stockbridge Kevin  Whitley

6-5

9-3

3

0.205

6.045

Westside (Aug.) Steve Hibbits

1-9

4-6

3

0.300

6.000

St. Pius Paul  Standard

9-3

12-1

3

0.173

5.731

Burke Co. Eric  Parker

11-3

14-1

3

0.148

5.476

CLASS AA

Team Coach

2010

2011

W+

Pct.+

Imp

Appling Co. J.T.  Pollock

4-7

12-2

8

0.494

15.935

Pierce Co. Sean Pender

2-8

8-3

6

0.527

12.273

River Ridge Robert  Brautch

2-7

8-2

6

0.578

11.778

Adairsville Jim  Kremer

5-5

10-2

5

0.333

10.333

Lamar Co. Jason  Strickland

7-4

12-1

5

0.287

9.867

Lakeview-FO Todd Windham

0-10

4-6

4

0.400

8.000

Oglethorpe Co. Larry  Milligan

0-10

4-6

4

0.400

8.000

Dublin Roger  Holmes

8-3

11-2

3

0.119

6.189

Bleckley Co. Sam  Barrs

4-6

6-5

2

0.145

4.455

Northeast Bruce Mullen

4-6

6-5

2

0.145

4.455

Temple Seth  Rogers

4-6

6-5

2

0.145

4.455

CLASS A

Team Coach

2010

2011

W+

Pct.+

Imp

Landmark Kenny Dallas

6-4

12-3

6

0.200

13.000

Bryan Co. Mark  Wilson

0-10

6-4

6

0.600

12.000

Prince Avenue Mark Farriba

7-4

13-1

6

0.292

11.922

Bowdon Dwight  Hochstetler

4-6

9-3

5

0.350

10.500

Seminole Co. Alan  Ingram

7-4

11-2

4

0.210

8.098

Pelham Frankie Carroll

0-10

4-6

4

0.400

8.000

Schley Co. Jim  McFather

1-9

5-5

4

0.400

8.000

Aquinas Matt  Lezotte

6-4

9-4

3

0.092

6.923

Fellowship Hunter Chadwick

2-7

5-5

3

0.278

6.778

Bacon Co. Bobby Johns

4-6

7-4

3

0.236

6.364

5 comments Add your comment

c691017

December 28th, 2011
11:55 am

Have to hand it to them! Good improvements! I like the Bryan County job! But, I think the Prince Avenue job was phenominal! The only ones to stop them was us! Congrats to Landmark also!! I think to improve Pelham was a feat to itself also!! Great job Seminole County!!

c691017

December 28th, 2011
11:57 am

Also, looking higher; I like the job Warner Robbins did to get back!!

pirateman

December 29th, 2011
10:07 am

When you go from 3 coaches to 8 coaches that is a big change also!

dagrapevine

December 29th, 2011
12:49 pm

it can’t be overstated the job coach rance gillespie did in his 2nd season with a valdosta team who loss the fire power he inherited last season.with only 1 major prospect he won region 1-5a and beat lowndes for the first time in 7 years with a team many didn’t give a chance to make the play offs this year.
this team returns 17 starters this year with their qb who only started the final 7 games.valdosta may be back sooner than many thought.

Valdosta Cat

December 29th, 2011
8:36 pm

Well stated dagrapevine….Go Cats!!!!