SCHS hires Tankersley as new head football coach


Wesley Tankersley has been hired as the new head football coach at Stephens County High School.

The Stephens County Board of Education approved the recommendation Thursday morning at its special called meeting.

“Wesley Tankersley showed excellent character. We believe he will be an excellent coach for our community of students and also the greater community,” Stephens County High School Principal Scott Kersh told WNEG News. “He has an impressive record of turning teams around.”

Tankersley was head coach at Gilmer County for seven years. During that time he took the team from an 0-10 regular season record to 8-2 his last season, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association

While at Ridgeland, Tankersley took a team that was 4-6 in his first season to 11-1 this past season, his third and final year. Each year, under his leadership, the season record improved.

Kersh said Tankersley will be a strong leader for the Indians to look up to.

More than 50 applied for head coaching job

Throughout the application process the search committee, comprised of 8 individuals, went through over 50 applicants, out of those, 6 were chosen to be interviewed.

Tankersley succeeds former coach Frank Barden.

Tankersley will join Stephens County High School during the month of January, added Kersh. However, it will be even sooner that he’ll be introduced to the community.

“He will actually be here tomorrow (Friday) to be the football team, he’s bringing his family with him, and they plan on staying for the basketball games. I want to invite the community to come out and meet our new head football coach,” Kersh added.

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