List/Trivia/Quote: 18 Georgia head coaches won state titles as players


GHSF Daily has identified 18 Georgia head coaches who won state titles as players in Georgia. If there are others, let us know.

*Cortez Allen, M.L. King (1995 SW DeKalb)

*Lee Belknap, McIntosh (1991 Cartersville)

*Steve Devoursney, Griffin (1988 R.E. Lee)

*Olten Downs, Creekside (2000 Shaw)

*John Ford, Roswell (1996 Brookwood)

*Cherrard Freeman, Warren County (1993, 1995 Lincoln County)

*Ulysses Hawthorne, Beach (1975 Central Macon)

*Hal Lamb, Calhoun (1981 Commerce)

*Jeff Littleton, Bainbridge (1987 Worth County)

*Clay Livingston, Chattooga (1988 Warner Robins)

*Mike McDonald, Newnan (1987 Morrow)

*Roger Metts, Clinch County (1991 Clinch County)

*Reggie Mitchell, Americus-Sumter (1989, 1990 Valdosta)

*Eric Parker, Burke County (1983 Mitchell-Baker)

*Tommy Parks, Harris County (1988 R.E. Lee)

*Mike Parris, Heritage-Conyers (1979 Redan)

*Ben Reaves, Walnut Grove (1982 Valdosta)

*Jason Strickland, Fitzgerald (1991 Clinch County)


Which active head coaches have won state championships as a head coach and a player in Georgia? (Answer Friday)

Answer to Wednesday’s question: Calhoun and Camden County have the longest active streaks of region titles with 12. The only longer streak in state history is the 17 of Lincoln County from 1982 to 1998.


“Do right.”

- Temple coach Seth Rogers

GHSF Daily asked coaches during the offseason if they have a favorite quote, saying or motto. We’ll run a different one each day. Coaches are invited to add to our list.

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9 comments Add your comment


October 31st, 2013
6:58 am

Robert Edwards won a state championship in basketball but lost in the championship game in football. He’s the head coach at Greene Co.


October 31st, 2013
8:57 am

Thank you, Robert, wee wondered who BigDawg was.

Todd Holcomb

October 31st, 2013
9:13 am

Yeah, a lot of people assume that Robert was part of the ‘94 Waco team that won state. It would’ve been unfair if he’d played with that bunch. They were unbeatable without him.

juss sayin

October 31st, 2013
10:10 am

“Do Right” was our team rules from Erk at Southern and Im sure it was the same at Georgia.So you need to put his name under the quote. Juss sayin’

Old Bear

October 31st, 2013
11:30 am

I’ll go with Hal Lamb as a student in 1982 and as a coach at Calhoun in 2001.

Old Bear

October 31st, 2013
11:41 am

Possibly Eric Parker as a student at Mitchell-Baker in 1983 and as Coach at Burke Co. in 2011.


October 31st, 2013
11:53 am

Camden should really have an asterisk on their streak – many of those region titles (all?) were came when they were in a region made up of smaller Savannah schools who played up at Camden’s request – will be interesting to see how they do in region 1 now.


October 31st, 2013
3:41 pm

Calhoun will own the new record Friday. I don’t see them losing region whatever next year either even if they move to AAA.


October 31st, 2013
10:47 pm

Say DC Camden won the Region 1 Title last year and their in the running to win it again. So many ppl said let’s see how they do in region 1. Mannnnnnnn stop hating. The records and state championships speak for they self