Camden County promotes coordinator Coffey to replace Herron

Camden County promoted offensive coordinator Welton Coffey on Thursday to replace Jeff Herron as head football coach, athletics director Gary Blount confirmed.

Coffey has coached at Camden since 2006 and was part of state championship teams in 2008 and 2009. Coffey came to Georgia in 2003 to be the offensive coordinator at Valdosta under Rick Darlington.

Coffey had been head coach of his alma mater, Raines of Jacksonville, and led that school to a Class 4A championship in Florida in his first season there, 1997. The team improved from 4-7 to 15-0.  At Raines, Coffey coached future NFL players Kevin Youngblood, Lito Sheppard, DeJuan Green and Jabar Gaffney.

Coffey will replace one of the state’s most successful coaches in Herron, who took the head coaching job a Class A private school Prince Avenue Christian earlier this month. Herron’s record was 146-18 in his 13 seasons in Kingsland. He won three state titles and 12 region titles, including Region 1-AAAAAA in 2012, when Camden finished 11-2.

‘’We interviewed quite a few candid,ates from both inside and outside the system, and when we looked at who would be the best fit for us and had the character and characteristics for what we were looking for, Coach Coffey was our first choice,” Blount said. “He has a good background, he’s familiar with us and our program and certainly familiar with out region. He coached at Valdosta. He won a state title in Florida, so he certainly has shown he can win a championship.”

Blount said that Camden received interest in the job from about 75-80 coaches, a number htat he thought would have been much larger had the school not stipulated that the job go to someone with prior head coaching experience.

”The job is too big for somebody who’s never sat in that chair,” Blount said.

Coffey was teaching class Thursday afternoon and not immediately available for comment.

32 comments Add your comment

SouthGaBoy

March 28th, 2013
12:08 pm

He was like the 5th or 6th choice I think….behind Franklin Stephens, the coach from Panola, coach from Carrollton, and a few others. Wow.

Hubert Green

March 28th, 2013
12:24 pm

It’s too bad Bear Bryant isn’t available.

Plowboy-Viking

March 28th, 2013
12:28 pm

Good Choice, no need to disrupt a system that’s working!!

Camden 79

March 28th, 2013
12:50 pm

Good christian man with outstanding values, he’ll do a great job, congratulations Coach Coffey, now it’s time to roll and get back on track………..

topper

March 28th, 2013
1:11 pm

SouthGaBoy- I think he was one of the first choices but initially turned down the job.

Camden Grad

March 28th, 2013
1:41 pm

SouthGaBoy: He was the first choice from the beginning. There was one issue. He didn’t apply. After the job was re-posted, he must have had a change of heart.

big daddy

March 28th, 2013
2:49 pm

SouthGAboy, do you mean Coach Teague from Carrollton? did he apply?

Camden74

March 28th, 2013
3:39 pm

First or fiftieth, doesn’t matter, he’s the new man in charge. Congratulations! Release the CATS! :-D

i'mjustsayingwhati'msaying

March 28th, 2013
3:56 pm

Congrats to Coach Coffey. Now that this is in the past, let’s get it going.

WildcatGuy

March 28th, 2013
5:08 pm

Camden County is so blessed to have Coach Welton Coffey accept the Head Coaching Job. We are blessed and humbled by getting such an awesome coach.

HSFB Follower

March 28th, 2013
9:34 pm

Solid Hire! Let’s see if he continues the foundation that is there while placing his own imprint on the program.

DOSTA DAWG

March 29th, 2013
2:32 am

Coach Coffey shouldve been the head coach at Valdosta after Rick Darlington was fired. However, the “POWERS THAT BE”, were not ready for a BLACK head coach at Valdosta. The :P OWERS THAT BE” hired Rick Tomberlin who set the Valdosta program back 10yrs. The Valdosta program has never and will never be the same!!!!!!!

Golden Isles Fan

March 29th, 2013
7:01 am

Sounds like a good hire, cant judge a book by it cover, look at his numbers/ and or track record,,,,,very good choice, now it is time to get down to some football!!!!!!!!! one less thing to worry about……

GO CAMDEN WILDCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Proud Panther

March 29th, 2013
7:36 am

Good luck Coach Coffey.

Swamp Lizard

March 29th, 2013
8:03 am

….. Great Program, wish Coach Coffey the best ….. should be able to keep it “rolling” !!

POP

March 29th, 2013
8:05 am

Appears to be a good hire for Wildcats!!!

Todd SWD —- has finally introduced their new coach (Tanks) to a very excited fan base.
Beware!!! Panthers On Prowl (POP)

SouthGaBoy

March 29th, 2013
8:41 am

Agree…good choice/hire for Camden, however it all went down.

BT

March 29th, 2013
10:02 am

Rick Tombilin was at Valdosta not Rick Darlington

Wildcat88

March 29th, 2013
10:06 am

Actually he was the first choice, but declined and was asked 3 more times then accepted it on the 4th.

Ben Dover

March 29th, 2013
10:28 am

Now that Ramsey is gone… and Herron is taking his son. Who will be the starting quarterback for the Cats this year?

John

March 29th, 2013
11:56 am

Their are a lot of disappointed football fans in Carrollton after Camden went with Coffey.

topper

March 29th, 2013
1:01 pm

BT- Both Darlington and Tombilin coached at Valdosta.

Camden74

March 29th, 2013
1:35 pm

@John……..LOL………:-)

robert

March 29th, 2013
10:22 pm

just makes me say hum when he did not originally apply for the job. Could he not have the confidence he could live up to the success of Coach Herron. Time will tell and in Region 1 very quickly. Good Luck maybe better later than never.

topper

March 30th, 2013
7:23 am

robert- I heard he plans to retire in 2 years which is why he didn’t apply in the begining. So we may be going thru this again in a couple years. I went to his meet and greet yesterday trust me after hearing him speak their is no lack of confidence in this man.

robert

March 30th, 2013
6:16 pm

yea, Topper i thought he was closing in on 30 years of service between Fla. & Ga. so I had felt that was why i had heard he proably had not applied. It just makes me ? the process in the beginning and the way it went forward at Camden with no coach from the first applicants. Don’t know if it was us or the different final canidates that might have been using us as a way to get more money where they are at now. Anyway it looks like we will be doing this all over again in a few years.

SouthATLnative

March 30th, 2013
6:54 pm

Dont worry Carrollton. After Sandy Creek beats you again in 2013, yall can go after their coaches.

WildcatGuy

March 30th, 2013
10:09 pm

Robert and Topper, you both know as much about coaching football as an airplane without wings. Coach Coffey is not a short time hire for Camden. You both need to focus on being supportive and not Jimmy the Greek.

topper

March 31st, 2013
3:35 pm

WildcatGuy- I never said I was a coach and I hope you’re right and we don’t have to go thru this process for another 10 years or more.

Camden74

March 31st, 2013
7:18 pm

Maybe during the next selection process, the people with personal bias toward certain candidates will be long gone! Release the CATS! :-D

Camden 79

April 1st, 2013
12:30 pm

The starting Q.B. this season should be Dalton Sikes,he’s a senior next season, BUT REMEMBER THE NAME JOHN BRADLEY JONES AKA “J-BLADE” this kid is gonna be lights out he’ll be a 9th grader this season…………………

Derrick Smith

April 1st, 2013
3:28 pm

Great hire for Camden Co. Look forward to a great year. GO PACK.