Gainesville coach Bruce Miller is in his 26th season as a head coach. Lovejoy’s Al Hughes and Norcross’ Keith Maloof are in their 17th seasons. None has won a state title. Below is a list of Georgia coaches who spent the most seasons as head coaches before winning their first state championship. Note that Miller’s 26 seasons would rank No. 1 if only Georgia seasons were included. Conrad Nix, Dexter Wood and T. McFerrin each coached for several seasons in other states.
32 – Conrad Nix, 2006 Northside-Warner Robins
27 – Dexter Wood, 2001 Buford
26 – T. McFerrin, 1995 Elbert County
22 – Dan Pitts, 1980 Mary Persons
22 – Bud Theodocion, 1987 Morrow
20 – Luther Welsh, 1984 Thomson
19 – Steve Pennington, 2005 Statesboro
17 – Graham Hixon, 1970 Woodward Academy
17 – Billy Henderson, 1977 Clarke Central
16 – Doc Ayers, 1963 Cedartown
15 – Norman Faircloth, 1961 Fort Valley
15 – French Johnson, 1967 Marietta
15 – Eric Parker, 2011 Burke County
15 – Don Tison, Clinch County
15 – Ben Scott, 1998 Carrollton
Note: Nix coached for eight seasons in Alabama. Wood coached for nine seasons in Alabama. McFerrin coached for five seasons in Tennessee. Welsh coached for three seasons in South Carolina. It is possible that other coaches who spent large portions of their careers out of state have been overlooked.
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