By Brittany Hannah
After Chad Perry stepped down as the Coosa Eagles’ football coach last month, the school didn’t have to look far to find a replacement.
On Friday, the school introduced longtime Floyd County football coach Todd Wheeler as Perry’s replacement. Wheeler served as an assistant under Perry.
“It’s just exciting,” Wheeler said Friday to prospective members of this year’s football team. “I think Coosa is a diamond in the rough. There’s some good kids here and some good athletes here, and it’s just a chance to take a program that can go places and try to work at building that program and seeing what we can do with it.”
Wheeler takes over the helm of a Coosa team that went to the playoffs last fall after finishing the regular season with four wins in their last five games.
Wheeler has coached at a number of schools in Floyd County.
Between stints as an assistant coach with the Pepperell Dragons, he served as Armuchee’s head coach for one season, and has also been an assistant coach with Model and Rome High.
In his college career with the Georgia Bulldogs, Wheeler was a consensus All-SEC player in 1988, and he was the captain of Vince Dooley’s last team.
Perry, who took the Eagles to the playoffs twice in the past five seasons, has maintained his position as athletic director.