Heard County had reached the playoffs in 16 of head coach Tim Barron's 17 seasons before breaking through with the school's first state championship in 2018. That's a long wait, but he's in good company. Conrad Nix won his first state title in 1997 after 21 seasons at Northside of Warner Robins. Dan Pitts won his first in 1980 after 22 seasons at Mary Persons. Gerry Romberg won his first in 2015 after 25 seasons at Westminster. That's encouraging news to J.B. Arnold, Class AA's longest-tenured coach, who has led Jefferson County to five region titles and 17 consecutive playoff appearances but is still seeking the biggest prize.
19 - J.B. Arnold, Jefferson Co.
18 - Roger Holmes, Dublin
18 - Tim Barron, Heard County
15 - Pete Wiggins, Callaway
14 - Joel Ingram, Washington County
13 - Lee Chomskis, Vidalia
12 - Maurice Freeman, Brooks County
12 - Brian Allison, Union County
9 - Joshua Moore, B.E.S.T. Academy
9 - Winston Gordon, Hapeville Charter
8 - Myron Newton, Butler
8 - Rodney Cofield, Douglass
8 - Ron Duncan, Screven Co.
7 - Todd Wheeler, Coosa
7 - Joe Dupree, Southwest
6 - Charles Hammon, Chattooga
6 - Chad Estes, Social Circle
5 - Todd Booker, Harlem
5 - William Harrell, Hephzibah
5 - Rick Hurst, Pepperell
5 - Derrick Avery, Washington
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