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School is accepting applicants for coach

Looking for a job as a high school football head coach and athletic director?

Then Thomson is the place to submit an application.

Applicants are being sought for the joint position at Thomson High School. Local school system officials began advertising for the position about a month ago. As of Monday, it had not been disclosed how many people had applied for the position.

The position will become vacant at the end of 2010-2011 school term with the retirement of legendary coach Luther Welsh, who has held the joint position for the past several years.

Coach Welsh and two other longtime assistant coaches, John Barnett and Curtis Williams, were honored after the Thomson-Josey football game last week. It marked their last regular season home game together.

"The preferred candidate will have successful head coaching experience, be considered an outstanding teacher and possess strong communication and leadership skills," according to the application criteria.

The application deadline is set for Dec. 1. Candidates wishing to submit an application may do so by mailing it to: Office of the Director of Personnel, Attention -- Head Football, McDuffie County Schools, 716 N. Lee Street, Thomson, Ga. 30824. Applications may also be faxed to: 706-986-4001.

As athletic director, the right candidate would be able to organize and manage all athletic teams within the county school system; serve as liaison between all athletic department programs and school system administration; provide leadership for the athletic department that will assimilate all sports into one cohesive group -- with each respective member competing for region and state championships.

Other responsibilities also are included as athletic director.

The person chosen to serve as athletic director also would serve as head football coach at Thomson High School.

"We, at Thomson High School, believe that the primary purpose of our football program is to help prepare our players to become successful men," according to the application. "The secondary purpose of our football program is to develop a program that competes for the region championship and state championship every year. Teaching our players to work hard through weight lifting, speed agility training and practice; teach our players to sacrifice for a goal; teach our players to work for the good of others; teach our players to be disciplined; and teach our players to be good people."

Web posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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