List/Trivia/Quote: Downs, Devoursney among championship coaches who won titles as players


Creekside coach Olten Downs and Griffin coach Steve Devoursney won their first state titles as head coaches this season. They also were state champions as players. Here are several, if not all, who have won state titles in Georgia as players and head coaches:

*Olten Downs (2000 Shaw player, 2013 Creekside coach)

*Steve Devoursney (1988 R.E. Lee player, 2013 Griffin coach)

*Eric Parker (1983 Mitchell-Baker player, 2011 Burke County coach)

*Hal Lamb (1981 Commerce player, 2011 Calhoun coach)

*Charlie Winslette (1967 Putnam County player, 1985 West Rome coach, 1993 Greene-Taliaferro coach)

*Phil Lindsey (1965 Bradwell Institute player, 1991 Lakeside of Atlanta coach)

*Dale Williams (1957 Valdosta player, 1977, 1981 Waycross coach)

*Joe Wilson (1951 Valdosta player, 1980 Lowndes coach)


Jaquez Parks of Griffin passed for 338 yards in the state championship game against Carrollton. Which player holds the record for most passing yards in the state finals? (Answer Wednesday)

Answer to Monday’s question: The first father-and-son pair to win state championships as head coaches were Rodney Walker (West Rome) and son Chip Walker (Sandy Creek).


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December 17th, 2013
3:09 pm

I have always wondered why a coach with the success of Rodney Walker would change jobs so many times. He was successful seemingly everywhere he coached but seemed to never stay at one place for long. Looks like Chip has a dynasty their at Sandy Creek now.