Ty Maxwell didn’t even have to think twice about becoming the new football coach at Lumpkin County when the opportunity arose.
After being hired as the Indians’ offensive coordinator in January, he was promoted Friday to head coach when former coach Brad Waggoner accepted a job as Georgia Tech’s new assistant director of football player personnel.
Maxwell is no stranger to Dahlonega.
He spent two years as an assistant while completing his degree at the University of North Georgia under then-coach Tommy Jones. During his two seasons with the program as an assistant, the Indians compiled a 9-11 mark.
However, after going through spring conditioning and anticipation growing as summer nears, he knows the sky is the limit for Lumpkin County in a newly-drawn Region 7-AAA.
The Indians will battle against fellow playoff contenders West Hall, East Hall and Dawson County during region play.
“We have great coaches and that makes the transition easier,” said the 28-year-old Maxwell. “I believe God opens and closes doors, and he opened this one for me and I jumped right through it.”
Lumpkin County was 2-8 during the 2013 season and last made the postseason in 2003, but Maxwell has no hesitations that it will be competitive every Friday night in the fall.
“We have a talented group of players with tremendous work ethic,” said Maxwell, who was offensive line coach the past four seasons at Chestatee High. “The sky is the limit for this program.”
Before coaching at Chestatee, Maxwell spent one season at Walnut Grove.
Along with Maxwell’s promotion to head football coach, Lumpkin County named former baseball coach Nicky Jenkins its new athletic director. Both men were officially hired for the positions at the Lumpkin County School Board meeting May 23.
The Indians’ new athletic director is excited about the direction that Maxwell will be able to take the program.
“Coach Maxwell is an energetic, passionate coach that has a lot of energy,” Jenkins said. “He’s got a tremendous work ethic.”
According to Jenkins, Waggoner was contacted by Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson on May 20 about the position and had little time to make up his mind. At the time, Lumpkin County was wrapping up spring football practice.
“Coach Waggoner said it just wasn’t a job he could refuse,” said Jenkins.
Before taking the job at Georgia Tech, Waggoner spent the most recent of 10 total seasons coaching high school football at Lumpkin County, including stops at Decatur (2012) and Chattooga (2009-11). Waggoner also coached at Sandy Creek from 2000-2003.
His college experience includes time at Virginia Military Institute 1997, a graduate assistant at Alabama in 1998 and 1999, and an assistant coach at West Alabama in 2000.