2019-02-14 / Front Page

T.C. Jay will lead Tiger athletics as new AD, head football coach


NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND HEAD FOOTBALL COACH T.C. JAY is congratulated by Wilkes County Board of Education Chairman Ricky Callaway NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND HEAD FOOTBALL COACH T.C. JAY is congratulated by Wilkes County Board of Education Chairman Ricky Callaway A familiar face on Charlie Davidson Field will be taking charge of Washington-Wilkes athletics following a relatively brief search for just the right person to step in as athletic director and head football coach.

T.C. Jay was hired by the Wilkes County Board of Education Monday night, February 11, to take the reins of the position left vacant by the resignation of Chad Alligood in early January. Jay is a veteran W-W coach, having spent six years here, though not all at one time.

“I am beyond excited to be the athletic director and head football coach here at Washington-Wilkes,” Jay said. “Washington is a special place that I consider home. I am ready to get to work with the best student/athletes, coaches, faculty/ staff, administration, school system, and town in the state of Georgia.”

Jay came to Washington first in 2011 under the tutelage of Robby Robinson. However, in the spring of 2013 he left and went to the University of West Georgia for a year as a graduate assistant coach. He then spent a year at his alma mater, Rockmart High School, after which he returned to Washington-Wilkes in 2015.

At Rockmart, Jay played football and ran track for four years. He attended Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where he played football for four years, 2006-10.

He was coached track and field for seven seasons here including years when individual state championships were won, but he gave it up this year when he found out the position of athletic director and head football coach was coming open, “in order to put full effort into going after the position.”

Jay has announced that the motto of the W-W Athletic Department will be “Develop, Win, Graduate,” and outlined its components as follows.

. Develop: It is our duty to develop the whole student athlete as young adults as well as great athletes.

. Win: Our goal is to win in everything we do. We will strive to put our student athletes in a position to win championships on and off the field.

. Graduate: Our end goal is to see that each and every student athlete we have graduates in a timely manner.

“Our athletic program will be based on relationships,” Coach Jay said. “relationships with coaches, athletes, teachers, parents, and community. We will continue to strengthen relationships and build new ones. We must all work as one. I thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity. I am grateful to the community of Washington-Wilkes for allowing me to lead the Tigers!”

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