Charlton County's (Folkston, GA) head coach Rich McWhorter watches his team play against Marion County (Buena Vista) during their GHSA Class A-Public football Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Photo: Phil Skinner
Photo: Phil Skinner

Daily List: Longest-tenured coaches in Class A

Charlton County is the only high school for which Rich McWhorter has coached. He came to Folkston out of Southern Illinois University as an assistant in 1989, and he's been there since. He's not the only one who seems to enjoy small-school coaching. Head coaches in Class A stay on the job longer than in any other classification, an average of 5.42 seasons. It's 4.71 for the state as a whole. Fifteen Class A head coaches are at their alma maters.

29 - Rich McWhorter, Charlton County 

25 - Don Williams, George Walton Academy 

23 - James Hagins, Wilkinson County 

20 - Vincent Huff, Terrell County 

19 - Greg Moore, First Presbyterian 

17 - Chris Kelley, Glascock County 

17 - Tommy Atha, Darlington 

15 - Jim Dickerson, Clinch County 

13 - Franklin Pridgen, Wesleyan 

12 - Jonathan Gess, Eagle's Landing Christian 

12 - Don Norton, Johnson County 

11 - Mitch Jordan, Mount Paran Christian 

11 - Matthew Gruhn, Lakeview Academy 

11 - Rodney Hester, Central (Talbotton) 

10 - Dennis Coyle, Savannah Country Day 

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