Lumpkin County High School has hired Brad Waggoner as its head football coach and athletic director, the school announced Thursday. Waggoner replaces Tommy Jones, who took over the head position at Dacula High School.
“We are very pleased to be able to hire Brad Waggoner," Lumpkin County superintendent Dewey Moye said. "He is a man of vision, high character, integrity and will be a tremendous asset for all of our athletic programs. “
Most recently, Waggoner led Decatur to a 5-5 record in Region 6-AAA last fall.
He has also had previous head coaching stints at Crescent City High School in Crescent City, Fla., LuVerne High School in Alabama, Pike County High School in Alabama and Chattooga High School in Summerville, where he went 18-13 in three seasons, including a 9-2 campaign in 2009.
Waggoner also has seven years of experience as an athletic director.
"We have hired a proven head coach who is very detailed, organized and consistent in his approach with people," said Scott Hallam, who will hand over athletic director duties and remain as girls basketball coach. "He also has a very diversified background, one in which he has taken over struggling programs and tradition-rich (ones).
"Coach Waggoner is a people person that believes in challenging each and every student-athlete. We have found him of impeccable character with a strong faith and we are looking forward to not only what he can bring to Lumpkin County High School, but also the community of Dahlonega."
Lumpkin County went 2-8 in 2012 after back-to-back 6-4 season. The Indians' last playoff appearance came in 2003.
Waggoner is married to the former Mary Beth Housch and they have one son, two-year-old Brad, Jr.