Region 1-AAAAAA keeps getting richer in football coaches. Fitzgerald’s Robby Pruitt, who has won 293 games and seven state championships in a 28-year career, is coming to Coffee High, the Tifton Gazette is reporting.
Pruitt was 120-21-1 in 11 seasons at Fitzgerald, a Region 1-AA school that has averaged 11 victories since 2004. His greatest success came in Florida, where Pruitt won state championships at University Christian (1987, 1989, 1991, 1992) and Union County (1994, 1995, 1996). See Pruitt’s record on Fitzgerald’s football Web site.
Pruitt became a front-runner for the Coffee job almost immediately when it opened in December. Coffee County superintendent Dr. Morris Leis helped hired Pruitt to Fitzgerald in 2000 when Morris was Fitzgerald’s athletics director. According to the Douglas Enterprise, Pruitt was listed as a reference when Leis later applied to become offee County superintendent, and the two have remained close friends.
The hiring of Pruitt gives south Georgia’s Region 1-AAAAAA six head coaches with multiple state championships on their resumes. They others are Colquitt County’s Rush Propst (five), Lowndes’ Randy McPherson (four), Camden County’s Jeff Herron (four), Valdosta’s Rance Gillespie (two) and Tift County’s John Reid (two). Reid was hired earlier this month from East Paulding.
Coffee, located in Douglas, was 21-24 in four seasons under Ken Eldridge and 5-6 last season.
In other news in 1-AAAAAA, Tift County’s former head coach, Jay Walls, was hired Wednesday as the head coach at Navarre in Florida.