Dalton, Tift County coaches resign (updated)

Dalton and Tift County are looking for new football coaches after resignations this week. Jobs also came open at Morgan County and Villa Rica.

At Dalton, a northwest Georgia school that had its second losing season since 1959, Matt Land stepped down. He will remain at the school as a teacher, the school district said.

Land became the head coach at his alma mater in 2010 and led the Catamounts to three region titles and a 2016 Class 6A semifinal appearance. His final team was 2-7, and his overall record was 80-43.

At Tift County, Ashley Anders has resigned, Tift County Schools announced Tuesday.

Tift County finished 2-7 after losing to No. 1-ranked Grayson 43-0 last week in the Class 7A playoffs. Tift County made the state quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018 but was 5-14 over the past two seasons.

Anders had been on Tift County’s staff since 2013 and became head coach in 2015, succeeding John Reid, who is now at Rome.

Anders is one of five South Georgia head coaches who were hospitalized and treated for COVID-19 during the season. All recovered and rejoined their teams.

Morgan County’s Bill Malone has stepped away after 14 seasons. His teams were 83-67 with two region titles. Morgan County finished 6-5 this season.

Villa Rica’s Christian Hunnicutt won’t return. Hunnicutt sat out this season with health issues, and the team was headed by David Norred in the interim. Villa Rica was 4-5.