Habersham Central tabs Tommy Yancey new basketball coach
Habersham Central found itself once again in the market for a new basketball coach after the resignation of Aric Mawdesley just two days after the season ended. Though no obvious reason was named, it was assumed that the Raiders position wasn’t exactly a great fit for Mawdesley and his family, according to other reports.
The Raiders for a second straight offseason set out to find a new head coach, and landed on Tommy Yancey. Most recently, Yancey was the head coach at East Hall for the past two seasons. He carried the Vikings to a 6-19 record in the first season and 16-9 this past season.
Prior to that, Yancey has coached as assistant at Coastal Georgia College, and was head coach at Grace Christian Academy HS in Bainbridge, serving as both the boys and girls head coach. He took both teams to the state tournament in 2013-14. He also was head coach for one season at Schley County, where the program had one of its best seasons to date.
Yancey also was an assistant coach at St. John’s River State College (FL) prior to Schley County. He was formerly an assistant HS coach also at Brookstone. He played at ABAC and Georgia Southwestern in Americus, and helped the latter program to an NAIA National Tournament in 2005. He wound up graduating from Troy University. He was an All-State player in high school, graduating from Piedmont Academy in Loganville.
The Raiders went 15-14 this past season, and put together an exciting cast of players including 1,000-point scorers Malachi Dooley, Mekhi Mawdesley, and standouts such as Osmar Garcia, Bryce Pittman, Brannon Gaines and others. They made the state playoffs against Kell, and fell in the first round. They were ranked #9 in the state during the season. The playoff run was the first in over 15 years at Habersham, and the 15 wins were the most since the 18 in 2011-12.