The Union Recorder

March 12, 2014

Braves hire new head football coach

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin Braves' football program has a new leader.

Former Mays High School assistant coach and defensive coordinator Lee Hannah was approved for the vacant position by the Baldwin County Board of Education Tuesday.

BOE Chairman John Noah Jackson, District 4, looks forward to Hannah's potential impact.

"I can't speak for the board but I'm excited about having a new head football coach and look forward to seeing the upcoming football season," he said.

The respected assistant coach with several solid football programs replaces Dexter Copeland, who will return to Twiggs County next season.

After a four-year head coaching stint with the Braves, the school officially parted ways with him in December 2013.

Under Copeland, the Braves' win totals peaked at 10 in year one, before dropping to eight, then six and a low point of three last fall.

After losing the final four games, Baldwin missed the playoffs, which is more than a rarity for a traditionally powerful program.

Hopefully, Hannah can attain that community buy in that is so crucial to football success.

Mays finished 2013 at 8-4 advancing to the second GHSA AAAAA playoff round.

Baldwin has lost its star quality quarterback Tajhea Chambers, who will return to Wilkinson County.

Replacing a highly touted college prospect is difficult, but the Braves have major talent remaining if rising senior Kentavious Thomas stays put.

Wide receivers Jerrel Simmons and Brandon Goodman are a nice compliment to a spread offense.

Also, rising junior Latraious Saulsberry could be a serviceable running back option.

Soon to be seniors Quandarious Holsey, Quavez Hill, Trevan Gresham and Tony Horton gained valuable defensive experience last season.

Hannah has some pieces to start a climb back to Baldwin relevancy.

"We're excited about our new head coach and we're looking forward to having him join our Baldwin Braves family. I'm looking forward to celebrating future victories under his direction," Baldwin High School Principal Dr. Jessica Swain said.

She said Hannah would officially address the football players at the scheduled March 24 team banquet.