A leader and role model for young men in Floyd County has decided to step aside for the future of his team.
Todd Wheeler resigned as the head football coach at Coosa High School following the end of the Eagles’ 2019 season, according to a release sent out Thursday by Floyd County Schools. Wheeler led the squad for seven seasons, during which it had amassed a record of 31-43.
The Pepperell alumnus has been a mainstay on the sidelines of local football teams and an educator in Floyd County for more than 28 years. He had served as Coosa’s offensive coordinator before being promoted to head football coach in 2013.
“At this point in my career, I need to look at what’s best for the program, and I believe now is the opportune time to pass the baton,” Wheeler said in a release. “It would be to the best benefit of CHS and this young group of football players to allow a new head coach to come in now and establish themselves early, instead of having to start all over when I retire in a year or two.”
Wheeler will continue in his roles as CHS’s business technology teacher and as an assistant soccer coach.
After stints as an assistant football coach at Pepperell, Model and Rome High, as well as head coach at Armuchee, Wheeler began his career as the head coach at Coosa with back-to-back winning seasons.
The Eagles went 8-4 in 2014, including hosting and winning a playoff game for the first time since 2004. Along the way, the team posted three shutouts for the first time since 1990 and finished as region runner-up to Darlington. Wheeler was named the Region 7-AA and Northwest Georgia Coach of the Year.
Wheeler led Coosa to three playoff appearances, was named the 2019 Most Positive Boys Coach for Northwest Georgia, and has had 13 players to sign college scholarships.
“Coach Wheeler has been an asset to Floyd County Schools since he was a student-athlete,” Floyd County Schools Director of Student Services Glenn White said in the release. “He’s served in coaching positions at all four of our high schools and has done a fantastic job. I think the world of him and I truly appreciate all he’s done as a coach and an athlete for our school system.”
After high school, Wheeler played center at the University of Georgia under legendary head coach Vince Dooley and was a consensus All-SEC player and team captain for the Bulldogs in 1988.
Coosa Principal La Donna Turrentine said she appreciates Wheeler’s commitment to the school and will move quickly to find a new head football coach.
“His leadership as a mentor to both our students and coaches has truly made a difference in our athletics program,” Turrentine said. “Although he’s leaving the football team, we know coach Wheeler will continue his dedication to Coosa High School, and, for that, we are very grateful.”