Pilcher won his first state title, also the school’s first, in 1992. That team’s 1-5 start remains the worst for an eventual champion. The ‘92 Yellow Jackets won their final nine games that year and five titles over seven seasons.
Pilcher’s ‘93 team beat cross-town rival Thomasville 14-12 in one of the most memorable championship games in state history. Before a standing-room crowd, Thomas Central stopped Thomasville four times inside the 4-yard line in the final minutes.
Then in 1997, Thomas Central finished 15-0. That team was led by former Georgia Tech star Joe Burns, who was Pilcher’s best-known former player.
Pilcher also coached at Bainbridge (2008-12) and finished at Berrien (2013-15).
Pilcher was asked in a 2016 interview with the AJC to name his favorite saying or motto.
“Never get tired of doing the right thing,’' he answered. “It goes back to a quote out of Galatians 6:9. ‘Do the right thing, and in due time, you’ll reap the benefits.’ "
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Thomasville First Baptist Church followed by burial at Sunset Cemetery. A celebration of Pilcher’s life is scheduled at the church afterward. A viewing of the body is scheduled Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Allen & Allen Funeral Service in Thomasville.