The Gordon Central football program filled their head-coaching void on Monday by promoting David Humphreys to the position.
Humphreys served as special teams coordinator and assistant head coach this past season under Chad Fisher, who left the Warriors to take the head job at LaFayette in January.
“I’ve coached against Gordon Central before, and got to help coach here last year so having the opportunity to be the next head coach here is going to be a lot of fun,” said Humphreys. “I’m really excited about it and the possibilities. I’m just ready to get back to the normalcy of football and starting the process with this team.”
Humphreys has 27 years of coaching experience and eight as a high school head coach. He served as head coach at Rome from 2001-2004, where he won four region titles, and at Trion from 2008-2011.
In his coaching career he has also served as head coach of the Rome Renegades indoor football team, an assistant for the Georgia Force indoor football team, as an assistant in college football at Georgia, Purdue and UTC and as a high school assistant at his alma mater Russellville High, LaGrange High and Rome High.
Humphreys said in his career he has coached his teams to play a certain way and hopes to continue that at Gordon Central.
“I like to think that most of my teams have been hard-nosed, aggressive teams,” said Humphreys. “We’re definitely going to play tackle football here.
“I’ve been very fortunate to coach with a lot of great coaches and have had some very important mentors. Getting to start and help continue building the program here is something I’m looking forward to.”
The Warriors have been to the state playoffs each of the last two seasons under Fisher, who compiled a 28-34 record in six seasons at Gordon Central, 15-7 in the last two.
Humphreys said he met with the team and some of the middle school players that will be a part of the program in the future on Tuesday and wanted to introduce himself and his philosophy to them.
“My main thing is really three points — be on time, do the right things and play hard when we tell you to,” said Humphreys.
“We want to be fundamentally sound and press a strong work ethic, and we want the kids to play for the name on the front of the jersey rather than the back.
Gordon Central Athletic Director Scott Cullifer said Humphreys is definitely the man for the job after going through the hiring process over the last month.
“Our goal was to find the right person to build the program and lead us into the next phase of Gordon Central football,” said Cullifer. “We had a lot of good candidates, and I think this was one of the best openings in north Georgia.
“Coach Humphreys is a hands-down, proven winner and on top of that a great person. He’s the type you want leading kids. We wanted someone to take charge of the total program on and off the field, and we believe that’s what we have with Coach Humphreys.”
Humphreys said he will sit down with all the current staff in the next few days and that putting together the full staff would be an ongoing process in the next few weeks as they look toward getting everything set before spring practice starts in May.
Humphreys said it’s good to have the uncertainty of a coaching change over with for the players and the team.
“When it’s a transition like this, things are just kind of floating around, and it’s not normal for the players,” said Humphreys. “Now that it’s finally finished, they can breath a little sigh of relief and focus on getting ready and getting their bodies right for spring.”
Cullifer said his expectations for Humphreys are simply to be a great leader for the football team and the players he will coach.
“It’s just about developing the type of attitude and character we want the kids to display on and off the field,” said Cullifer. “It’s not all about wins and losses, but what kind of kids and teams you put on the field. That’s our expectation and goal, and we have a tremendous amount of confidence in Coach Humphreys and his ability to do that.”