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Leroy gets chance to coach college Dawgs

A Thomson High football icon visited another set of Bulldogs this past weekend.

Coach Paul Leroy -- now a McDuffie County Board of Education member -- was invited to attend the annual UGA Spring Coaches Clinic.

He and several old coaching buddies were recognized at the event, treated to a barbeque and allowed to visit a UGA football practice on Friday. And after practice, they had a cookout in the stadium.

"I butted heads with a few of those folks on there," Coach Leroy said of the list of coaches that were invited to the clinic.

Ray Lamb is the high school liaison for the UGA Athletic Association. Coach Leroy said his Thomson teams played against Coach Lamb's Warren County teams in the 1960s.

"We've just been friends over the years," Coach Leroy said. "He's the one that handles the clinic, and he called me and invited me."

The event turned out to be a time for retired coaching veterans to reunite after years away from the gridiron. They were also able to meet the UGA coaches and share the wisdom they've gained over the years.

"It will be a good time to socialize and tell old war stories," said Coach Lamb in a letter sent out to all the participants in this year's clinic.

Coach Leroy said he was honored that his old coaching buddy asked him to participate in the event after so many years out of the profession.

"I was just thrilled to death that they would remember me just from the fact that I've been out of coaching for so long," said Coach Leroy, who coached his last game in 1979.

Coach Leroy headed the Bulldogs' football efforts from 1962 to 1967. According to ThomsonFootball.com, he amassed a 47-14-2 record during that time while racking up two region titles and Thomson's first state championship in 1967.

He was elected to the school board last year and took office in January.



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