BREAKING: Lumpkin County names Heath Webb as football coach

On Monday, Lumpkin County High School announced their replacement for the vacant head football coach position, as Heath Webb will take over the program.

Webb takes the position after the resignation weeks ago by Caleb Sorrells, who had been at Lumpkin for 3 seasons. Webb has a solid resume, complete with multiple state playoff appearances and plenty of winning seasons under his belt.

Webb, who the school says will begin his duties in January 2022 as head football coach and PE teacher, is originally from Habersham County and a Hab Central grad. He later played college ball at Presbyterian College

He recently resigned from Gainesville, as he led the Red Elephants from 2018-2021, going 18-25. In his 12-year career as a head coach at 3 programs, he holds a 61-67 record. Prior to Gainesville, he coached at Winder-Barrow from 2014-2017, going 26-19. Before that, he headed up the North Paulding program from 2008-2011, complete with a 17-23 mark.

While at Winder, his team made the playoffs each season, including a Sweet 16 run in 2017 that accompanied a 9-win season. He guided Gainesville to the playoffs in each of his first 3 seasons there, but was unable to get the Red Elephants back there in 2021 for the first time since 1999.

His 2017 9-win season is his high point, as the team finished Runner-Up in the region. Webb was also named Region Coach of the Year in 2014. Rebuilding culture, or building it for the first time, is familiar territory for Webb, who at North Paulding built it from the ground up. He re-established success at Winder, worked on the culture at Gainesville, and now has a chance to revitalize a program that has been mostly dormant for many years in terms of battling for a playoff appearance.

Webb is also no stranger to Lumpkin, as he was on former coach Tommy Jones’ staff for a year as an assistant coach. He’s also had assistant coach stops at Habersham Central, Milton, Flowery Branch, and Peachtree Ridge.

Webb commented to the Lumpkin board: “my family and I are very excited about the opportunity to serve in Lumpkin County and to be back in the community.”

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