Chris Hodges, a Thomson High alumnus, joined the Bulldog coaching staff this fall after stints at Valdosta Middle School, Monticello High School and Lumpkin County High School. Chris will be assisting with the varsity Dogs as well as coaching the JV squad, which is playing its first game Sept. 9 in The Brickyard.
Although not what most would call the ideal situation for a high school player, Chris had the unique experience of playing under four different head coaches during his high school days. Chris was a freshman during Coach Welsh's last season of his first tenure at THS in 1990. He transferred to Evans High School where he played under Jim Conner during his sophomore year. Upon returning to Thomson, Jay Hodgin was the Bulldogs' head coach for his junior season in 1992 and Butch Jacobs took the reins for his senior year in 1993.
"Raymond Grissom was my coach in recreation football and I consider him the biggest influence on my interest in sports. Seeing the various combinations, and differences, in philosophies from four high school coaches really perked up my interest," Hodges said.
"I've spent a lot of time studying and reading about the game too, especially the successful college coaches like Tom Osborne when he coached Nebraska and Lou Holtz."
Chris is a graduate of Valdosta State University and his wife Judith is a native of Bainbridge, Ga. The couple enjoys the challenge of two children. Their son Thor is three and daughter Caroline is six months old.
Hodges said he and Judith are striving for her to be a stay-at-home mom with the kids. "There's tight moments but since we can't afford to go anywhere that leaves plenty of time for coaching," he laughed.
Chris graduated from Valdosta State University and teaches social studies at Thomson High. He will also coach the boys' golf team in the spring.
MISINFORMED: I didn't make the Liberty County game as I was driving home from Athens. I heard most of the game on the radio and could have sworn the Dogs won. Based on some of the mumbling I've heard I was beginning to think Ralph and Dennis had misinformed the listeners. It seems that just being undefeated may not be good enough. Close wins are too often looked upon as losses around here. It may be the worst thing to happen to the 2004 Bulldogs was the 2002 Bulldogs. I predict the Bulldogs will beat Burke County, but it may be close enough that some will want to throw it back like a too small fish. Just remember: football ain't fishin'.
CALLAWAY: Justin Callaway was dressed out in jersey number 50 for Georgia Southern. I did not see him in the game and have been told by Coach John Barnett that he will redshirt this season. Good luck to the former Briarwood and Thomson High standout.