White County head boys basketball and head cross country coach Sam Borg made a difficult decision on Friday to move on from the school he’s impacted for the past seven years.
“I can’t stop crying, hardest day of my life, but I have accepted a position to be associate AD and teach Spanish and coach [cross country] at North Hall across the street from my wife Jill and the kids,” says Borg.
Borg transformed the White County cross country program into a powerhouse, especially on the girls side, where he coached great athletes including Jenna Gearing (Clemson and multi-state champion), Rachel Gearing (Penn State), Jaelen Alexander (rising senior) and Kristin Mitchell to name just a few.
Since Borg arrived in 2011, the Lady Warriors have won three region titles (2012-14) and four top-five finishes at state, being ranked every year among the state’s elite. The boys also had unprecedented success, culminating in a sixth-place state finish in 2017.mBorg’s runners have dipped into the 15s on the boys side and 17s and 18s on the girls side.
“This program has been one of the top cross country programs in 4A in Georgia and they will keep on winning,” exclaims Borg.
On the basketball court, the Warriors are coming off five winning seasons in a row, including three trips to the state playoffs in that span, racking up 94 wins. He coached such talent as Spencer Adams (MLB player in AA ball), Rand Rowland (Georgia Tech) and his slew of talented brothers, John Ward, Whit Mauney and Bradley and Eddie Hurst, and many other solid players.
“Senior leadership and talent pool are in great place and the future is bright here,” adds Borg. “The school will do a great job of finding the perfect replacement for the job.”
He won’t be leaving the program just yet though. “I will be coaching our basketball team through our June program as we look to find a replacement. I am thrilled to get a couple more weeks with these players that I love so much.”
While Borg was well-loved at White County, he now has the chance to impact others at North Hall too. And as he will now take on Trojan green, he always has a place at White County.
“I’ll always wear Warrior blue on my heart, and am so thankful for the most incredible seven years that I have spent here,” says an emotional Borg.
“The extent that one grieves during loss is directly related to the amount of love that one has shared. I’m grieving hard.”
North Hall’s cross country program has had the level of success that Borg’s White County teams have had as well, with some individual state titles and a boys state title in 2006.
“The North Hall cross country team is in a great place,” says Borg. “Coach Drew Rogers will still be around supporting us. I ran for him at North Hall almost 20 years ago and he taught me everything. Art Dacosta is also an incredible asset to the program so kids don’t have to worry about losing him either.”
For the meantime, however, Borg will be inactive as a head coach in basketball, but still involved.
“Basketball will always be in my DNA, and I will find creative ways to stay close to the game, especially getting more gym time in with my own two sons,” he says.
A man of strong faith, Borg adds, “You have to die to yourself as Christ did. I am sacrificing a place that I truly love to go grow and take on new adventures. This move will make me a better husband and a better father and I’m excited to see more influence as I share positive energy and passion into multiple teachers and coaches across the campus.”