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Hutto takes reins of Washington-Wilkes

WASHINGTON, Ga. - Lee Hutto was named the new athletic director/head football coach at Washington-Wilkes on Thursday night.

The 35-year-old Hutto, who has served as head football coach at Warren County High School for the past three seasons, was unanimously chosen for the position by the Wilkes County Board of Education during a special called meeting. Hutto will be formally introduced as the coach Friday.

"I'm delighted to have Lee joining our athletic family," said Wilkes County School Superintendent Joyce Williams. "He's a very energetic, well-organized person who works well with children and adults. Lee also is a hard worker. I believe he will help unite our community around athletics in our school system. He has a proven record."

Hutto will replace Russell Morgan, who recently resigned the position of athletic director/head football coach with the Washington-Wilkes Tigers. His resignation came after being told that he would not be re-appointed as a coach by school board members for the 2009-2010 season. During Morgan's six-year reign, the Tigers were 45-26-1. Hutto's first job after college was serving as an assistant coach at Washington-Wilkes. He was there from 1997 through 1999 when he returned to his high school alma mater to serve as an assistant coach under Thomson head coach Luther Welsh.

"We believe our athletic program is in very capable hands now," said Wilkes County School Board Chairman Ricky Callaway. "We look forward to Lee coming back to Wilkes County. He was a fine assistant coach for us in the past and a great employee."

Hutto also is looking forward to his new challenges, but admits that Friday morning's task of telling his Warren County football players and coaching staff that he is departing for Washington-Wilkes is daunting.

"Warren County will always be special to me, because they took a chance on me being their head coach for the first time in my career," said Hutto.

Hutto hopes that Washington-Wilkes is the end of the line for him in coaching.

"I don't want to ever have to leave Washington-Wilkes," said Hutto, saying he'd always wished he could become the athletic director/head football coach there. "I want to be stay here forever and coach. It's a great community with a lot of great supporters. I'm looking forward to great things here for many, many years to come."

While at Warren County, Hutto helped the Screaming Devils to the Class A state playoffs all three years.

His replacement has not yet been named.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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