Fitzgerald coordinator takes Metter job

West has a resume full of championship experience. He played on three Division I-AA national championship teams at Georgia Southern.

He has been an assistant coach on three teams that have played in state finals - Mitchell-Baker (1992), Tift County (1997) and Thomas County Central (2000). Fitzgerald has made the semifinals the past two seasons.

West has worked under five coaches who have won state championships - Jack Johnson, Charles Winslette, Jim Hughes, Ed Pilcher and Robby Pruitt.

"I'm a very intense person, and we're going to bring an intense and high-octane mentality to the field," West said for this story in the Statesboro Herald. "We're going to be an attacking defense that loves to pressure. I like the 3-5 scheme, and I think that we have the athletes here that can fit right in."

West replaces Clay Hill, who was 7-33 in four seasons. The Metter job originally was accepted by ECI offensive coordinator Chad Simmons, who changed his mind two days later last month.

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