Hart County re-hires DeVane, coach of ‘99 state runner-up team

Hart County promoted defensive coordinator William DeVane to head football coach this week to succeed Joby Scroggs, who retired earlier this month with a 70-31-2 record in 10 seasons.

DeVane was Hart County’s head coach in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and had records of 12-1, 14-1 and 12-1. Hart’s quarterback in those days was Jeff Leard, who went on to start at Auburn. The Bulldogs played for the Class AA title in 1999 and lost to Cartersville.

“We certainly had a lot of success back then,” DeVane told The Hartwell Sun. “We’re going to strive for that perfection and put forth the effort to get back there again.”

DeVane left Hart for Greene County in 2001 before moving on to Clarke Central in Athens for four seasons, never having the the success he had in Hartwell. He rejoined Hart’s staff in 2006.

Hart was 6-4 last season. The Bulldogs’ streak of making the playoffs ended at 19 seasons. Hart will play in Region 8-AAA in 2012.

12 comments Add your comment


January 25th, 2012
8:04 pm

Maybe he will not be so demanding this time around.

old man

January 25th, 2012
8:35 pm

you cant hold a good man down

HC Dawg

January 25th, 2012
9:57 pm

Get your facts straight. Ben Leard played at Auburn. He graduated in 1996 from Hart County. The QB of the 1999 team was Jeremiah Van Dora who went on to play at Furman. Ben’s brother Jeff played QB at Hart after Van Dora and went on to play at Gardner-Webb.

oh man

January 26th, 2012
9:08 am

I hate it for Franklin, Stephens and other schools in the area. I am a Franklin alum and this is not good news for them.


January 26th, 2012
11:09 am

This is a good move for Hart County. I am not sure why Devane didn’t have as much succes after he left Hart the first time, but they were as good as anyone in our area when he was head coach before.


January 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

Perhaps instead of worrying about football they should worry about making AYP…

Go Hart County!

January 26th, 2012
12:49 pm

I hope Coach Devane much success for the upcoming season. I hope he receives support from the coaching staff, football team, parents and the local community in achieving a winning season under his leadership. Go Hart County!!!


January 26th, 2012
1:51 pm

Man.. that Jeff Leard could really throw the football!! He was a heck of an athlete… the best Leard in that family!

Abe Lincoln

January 26th, 2012
1:51 pm

What has happened to the entire system ? Test scores are terrible, athletic teams are not very good, the pay for coaches is not competative. Good luck to Coach Devane.


January 27th, 2012
6:26 am

Funny how Ben “Jeff” Leard was throwing TD passes for Hart Co. and Auburn in the same seasons! What a talented guy that “Jeff” Leard was.


February 17th, 2012
9:47 am

look at chanel vintage to your friends suprisely

Kendarius Norman

July 22nd, 2012
7:09 pm