Ryan Sulkowski has a big challenge as the new head football coach at Coffee County.
Sulkowski, 35, has been named as the new Red Raider coach replacing Lee Davis who resigned at the end of the season.
The Red Raiders are coming off an 0-10 season and has lost 11 consecutive games.
"Our principal Mr. Joey Vaughn and I feel very fortunate to have coach Sulkowski joining our school family and leading our student athletes in the new era of Coffee County Football," Coffee County Athletic Director Richard Skipper said.
The last winning season at Coffee County was in 2007 when they went 6-5 and the last playoff win came in 1981.
Sulkowski comes from Baker County (FL) where he led the Wildcats to a 7-3 record in 2013 and was 32-12 in four seasons at the Glen St. Mary 5A school.
The Wildcats won the region 3-5A title in 2012 as they finished 9-3 on the year.
Before taking over the Baker County program, Sulkowski complied a 6-4 record in his only year at Rifle (CO) high school.
Back in April, Sulkowski was suspended for 10 days without pay by the school superintendent for purchasing alcoholic beverages with a school credit card
According to a story in the Florida Times Union, Sulkowski paid for an alcoholic beverages while out at dinner last February.
"We are aware of this and have investigated it with coach Sulkowski and his current administration," Skipper said. "Coach Sulkowski admits he made a mistake and adamantly owns up to it and in our talks with his administration, they had nothing but positive things to say about him personally along with the things he has done there."
Read the story about his suspension here:
Sulkowski graduated from Tift County (GA) high school in 1996 and played on the offensive line at Valdosta State under head coach Hal Mumme and Offensive Coordinator Mike Leach.
After graduating from Valdosta State, he coached college football at Valdosta State, Chowan (NC), Austin Peay (TN), Lenoir Rhyne (NC), Hargrave Military Academy (VA).
He also was a Graduate Assistant at Clemson under Tommy Bowden and current Tiger coach Dabo Swinney.
Heady Steps Down at Monterey After 10 years
Billy Heady thought that 10 was a good round number.
Heady who led the Monterey program for the past ten seasons has resigned to spend more time with his family.
"I just decided it was time for a break," Heady said. "Coaching football is a seven day a week job, and most of my waking hours I was either teaching, coaching or thinking about coaching. After 17 years, I'm just ready for my life to be less dominated by one thing."
Heady was 51-55 in his 10 years as head coach and led the Wildcats to six playoff appearances (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013) in his tenure.
The Wildcats won the district 7-A championship this year and went 6-5 after losing to Fayetteville in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs this year.
But Heady is not closing the door on a possible return to the sidelines.
"I love coaching and the game of football, so I may coach again in the future," Heady said. "However, for the time being I'm going to enjoy some down time."
Monterey joins Warren County,
Clarksville, Halls, Howard, Raleigh Egypt, Unicoi County, Nashville Overton, Marion County, Davidson Academy, Waverly, Kirby, Chattanooga Central, Jackson Christian, Knoxville Central, Seymour, Lenoir City, Karns, Portland, Summit and Richland as schools currently looking for a head coach.
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