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Search narrows for new THS head coach

The search for a new head football coach and athletic director at Thomson High School has narrowed down to just 11 from a field of more than 100 applicants.

McDuffie County School Superintendent Jim LeBrun recently announced that he is hopeful a new coach can be selected and named sometime in Februray.

"We're shooting for that time frame," Mr. LeBrun told The McDuffie Mirror during a recent interview.

"We feel confident that we will be ready to announce the name of our new coach and athletic director in either the second or third week in February."

The new coach would replace legendary coach Luther Welsh, who guided the Bulldogs in two different stints over 19 years. Coach Welsh, now 78, retired at the conclusion of the 2010 football season.

Known as one of the most successful prep football coaches in the history of Georgia, coach Welsh is now involved in a bigger battle than he ever encountered on the gridiron. The enemy is throat cancer -- the second time that cancer has invaded his body. The first time around, he defeated it.

And he's hoping to do the same thing again.

"I want to beat this thing, again," coach Welsh said a few weeks ago.

He currently is taking treatments to thwart the spread of the cancer. Close friends in the community are taking him from his home in Thomson to Augusta for those treatments.

"Everybody has been real good to me," coach Welsh said. "That really means a lot to me that people around here really do care. They're showing me they care. And I'll never forget it."

Web posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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