Pilcher takes job at long-suffering Berrien

Ed Pilcher, who resigned at Bainbridge last month after saying he wasn’t satisfied with the progress he had made in five seasons with the program, was approved as the new head coach at long-suffering Berrien on Tuesday, according to the Tifton Gazette.

Pilcher won five state titles at Thomas County Central in the 1990s and is 241-94-1 overall in 27 seasons as a head coach. He also led Early County to a pair of semifinal runs in 1988 and 1990.

Pilcher took the Bainbridge job in 2007 after leading Thomas Central to the Class AAAA semifinals in his last season in Thomasville. Bainbridge made the playoffs three times under Pilcher but never advanced and was 30-23 in his five seasons.

Berrien, a Class AA school, is one of the toughest places to win in south Georgia. The county borders football-crazy Lowndes, Tift, Cook and Coffee counties, but the Rebels last had a winning season in 1995 (5-4-1). They’ve never won more than eight games in a season since the school opened in 1954.

5 comments Add your comment

Coffee Fan

February 13th, 2013
9:57 pm

Good luck Ed…it wont be easy but you the man for the job. Hope fans get behind you and support the program.


February 14th, 2013
11:27 am

Happy Trails.

John Wingate

February 14th, 2013
7:17 pm

Alright, you folks in Berrien, you have the right coach. Now,give him the support he needs. If ya’ll get behind this man, he’ll turn your program around in two or three years. You are very fortunate to find this caliber coach who is willing to take over a pitiful program. Let’s hope losing hasn’t become accepted at Berrien.


February 15th, 2013
1:52 pm

Great coach, we played Early Co. in the 1990 quarterfinale AA game and his team was well coached and physical! He left there and went to TCCHS and the rest is history. Obviously Ed is looking for a challenge, so get behind him because I am sure he did not have to come to Berrien.


February 15th, 2013
4:18 pm

I played for Coach Plilcher at Early County a great coach. I wish Early County would hire him back…..