Lowndes expected to hire Thomasville’s Grage as football coach



Zach Grage, who led Thomasville to its first championship game in 28 years last season, is expected to be introduced as Lowndes’ new football coach Tuesday evening.

Lowndes announced Monday morning it had made a hire, though didn’t confirm the choice was Grage.

Grage’s Thomasville teams were 54-23 with three region titles in six seasons. Thomasville was the Class 2A runner-up to Fitzgerald last season.

Grage would replace Jamey DuBose, who stepped down last week and returned to his native Alabama to coach at Orange Beach.

Grage, 37, an Indiana native, was on Colquitt County’s staff from 2009 through 2014 and was the offensive coordinator on the 2014 team that won Class 6A with a 15-0 record.

Grage was Gilmer’s coach in 2015 and led the Indians to a 4-6 record.

Lowndes was 10-2 and 10-3 in DuBose’s two seasons. Randy McPherson was the Vikings’ coach the 18 previous seasons, during which they won eight region titles, three state championships and 181 games.