Legendary Coaches: BLITZ adds trio onto prestigious list
There are now 24 coaches on our Legendary Coaches list, as BLITZ announces the addition of three new faces. The new additions include Don Brock (Lumpkin), Gene Cathcart (Jefferson), and Mike Cleveland (Banks).
Don Brock has made a name for Lumpkin County girls soccer. The head coach headed up the Lady Indians program since its inception, at the close of the 2020 season, has tallied north of 125 wins. The program really took a turn in 2014, when the Lady Indians made state every year through the rest of the decade, and were surely going to do the same in 2020 had COVID-19 not happened. From 2014-20, Brock’s record was 84-31-5, complete with three Sweet 16s, one quarterfinals, and one semifinals finish. The program won a region title (2015) and were ranked as high as #1 that season in the state, and were each year since ranked inside the top 10. Brock has more soccer in front of him, and the coaching legend iconically sported a ponytail for much of his time on the sidelines at Lumpkin.
Gene Cathcart has had a stellar track record for coaching on the gridiron. He began that journey at Habersham Central from 2003-08, and continues it with his current stint at Jefferson (2017-Present). Entering the 2020 season, he has 135 head coaching wins, complete with a state title (SC), three region championships, and 12 state playoff berths. At Habersham Central, he went 40-27 before leaving for Greenwood (SC), where he was 58-12 in five seasons (2009-13), and then Seneca (SC), going 9-3 in 2014. He worked as an assistant coach at Jefferson the next two seasons before returning to the helm in 2017. He is 28-8 in his time over the Dragons program. Cathcart took Hab Central to the quarterfinals twice, won a state title with Greenwood and took them to the title game two other times and quarterfinals once, and twice has led Jefferson to the quarterfinals round.
Mike Cleveland finished off his coaching career (for now) at Banks County following the 2019-20 season in which he led the Leopards to their second-ever Elite 8. He coached for nine seasons at Banks County, and won 171 games from 2011-20. That includes five 20-win seasons, six straight playoff runs, four regular season or tournament region titles, and five Sweet 16 or deeper runs. He continued to reload his program, producing five Leopards who scored over 1,000 career points (Austin Venable, Zac Orr, Zez Steeple, Kahmal Wiley, Carl Cleveland). His career as a head coach gives him well over 200 wins, and he even coached girls basketball at the varsity level (Hart County).