Fritts named interim football coach at Washington-Wilkes

Sid Fritts, who won multiple region football titles at Elbert County, Rome and Vidalia, is running Washington-Wilkes’ football conditioning this week as interim coach, Wilkes County Schools interim superintendent Lisa Isham confirmed Wednesday morning.

The school board will meet Monday to name a permanent head coach, and Fritts is a candidate, according to Isham.

T.C. Jay, the head coach for the 2019 season, resigned June 4, Isham said. Jay also had been the Class A school’s athletic director.

Fritts, 63, announced his retirement as a head coach after the 2018 season at Elbert County and joined Jay’s staff as offensive line coach and assistant head coach for 2019.

Fritts’ record as a head coach is 236-103-2 at seven schools, including four in his native Tennessee. Fritts most recently was head coach at Elbert County, where his most prominent player was Mecole Hardman, formerly of Georgia and now in the NFL with the Chiefs.

Fritts’ teams won four region titles at Vidalia, two at Rome and two at Elbert County.

Washington-Wilkes was 6-5 in Jay’s only season as head coach.