Georgia Highlands College Coaches of the Year recipients

Pictured from left: Georgia Highlands women’s basketball coach Brandan Harrell, men’s basketball coach JJ Merritt and baseball coach Dash O’Neill.

Three coaches at Georgia Highlands College were recently named coach of the year for their respective sports by the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Brandan Harrell was selected as coach of the year for women’s basketball, JJ Merritt was named coach of the year for men’s basketball and Dash O’Neill was named coach of the year for baseball.

“Receiving these awards means that our coaches are respected across our conference and are working hard to make their respective sports successful both on the field or court and in the classroom,” GHC athletic director David Mathis said in a statement.

The coach of the year awards are voted on by the other coaches in the conference.

“Our coaches have been through one of the toughest years due to COVID and other obstacles, but they have done a remarkable job,” Mathis said. “They have had the health and safety of our student athletes as a priority and have been successful both athletically and academically.”

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