Football hires: Tomberlin is back; Griffin picks Andrews


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Former Valdosta and Washington County head coach Rick Tomberlin will be named Calvary Day's head coach on Wednesday, according to WJCL-TV in Savannah.

Tomberlin, who has been out of coaching the past three seasons, has a career record of 236-118. He won state titles at Washington County in 1994, 1996 and 1997.

Tomberlin was Valdosta’s coach from 2006 to 2009 and had a record of 22-21 before being forced out. Tomberlin also coached at Effingham County for three seasons with a 14-17 record before retiring after the 2012 season.

Tomberlin replaces Mark Stroud, who became head coach at Swainsboro. Calvary has averaged 10.2 wins per season over the past five years and finished 9-2 in 2015.

Griffin settles on alumnus Andrews

Griffin has hired alumnus and long-time assistant coach Antonio Andrews to replace Jarret Laws, who was 17-6 in two seasons but let go. Andrews played at Griffin in the early 1990s and later at Georgia Military College, where his coach was Steven DeVoursney, who later became Griffin's head coach. Andrews joined DeVoursney as a Griffin assistant in 2005. The Griffin school board on Feb. 2 had approved the hiring of Mays head coach Corey Jarvis, but Jarvis declined the offer (the vote was 3-2) two days later. Andrews' vote was 5-0. See the Griffin Daily News for more on the story.

Carver-Columbus promotes coordinator

Carver-Columbus has promoted offensive coordinator and receivers coach Dremail King as head coach. Carver originally hired Reggie Barlow, but Barlow changed course after a month and took a job with alma mater Sidney Lanier in Montgomery, Ala. Carver’s 2015 coach, Joe Kegler, was forced out after three seasons and finishes of 11-2, 8-3 and 9-2. The program had won at least 11 games the previous seven seasons, including a 15-0 finish in 2007, under current Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee. King, 31, also has coached at Central of Tuscaloosa and Sumer-Central in Alabama and at Meadowcreek.

Weaks is Morrow’s new coach

Morrow has hired Lovejoy running backs coach Jerome Weaks to replace Leroy Foster, who was 6-34 in four seasons. Weaks has been an assistant at Southwest DeKalb, Berkmar, Holy Innocents’ and Avondale. He was Avondale’s offensive coordinator during the 2009 season in which the school made the playoffs for the first time in 24 years. Morrow was 1-9 last season, and Foster’s four-season tenure was the longest for the school since 2002.

Phillip Richards to New Hampstead

New Hampstead, a 2-year-old school in Savannah, hired Phillip Richards to replace Bernard Gaither, who started the program and was 7-3 against a non-region schedule last season. Richards had been the offensive coordinator at Montgomery County. Gaither resigned in December to have more time with family and remained at the school.