Varsity Football · Jackson County hires Rich McWhorter as Head Football Coach


On Thursday, Jackson County hired Rich McWhorter to take over the football program. Coach McWhorter comes from Charlton County, who is leaving after 29 years at the school. McWhorter ranks second among active head coaches in wins, sitting at 288-79-2. He also has 4 state titles to his name, 15 region championships, 27 (!) straight playoff appearances, 4-time coach of the year in the state of Georgia, along with “All Classification Coach of the Year” in 2005. Give me a minute to gather my breath so we can continue the list of achievements. He ALSO has won 2013 In Game Magazine Coach of the Year in 2013, Georgia Sports Writers Association Coach of the DECADE for 2000-2009, and 2017 Nike Georgia Coach of the Year for 2017. He also has coached the Florida- Georgia All Star game 7 times as well as the GACA All-Star game in 2004. He has also coached 86 All-State players, two of them being some guys named Champ and Boss Bailey. (Apparently those are big names).

For those of you keeping track, that is quite a lengthy list of achievements. McWhorter comes into Jackson County with the expectation of building a winning culture, something has Jackson County has not had much experience in, with only 1 winning season in the past 25 years.

There is no way around it, this is a HUGE hire. The second most winning active head coach in Georgia is coming here, to Jackson County. That’s something to be excited about. Not only does he win- he develops. Something not many coaches here have been too successful at. McWhorter will arrive in January and will be a Physical Education teacher.

The Sun is Rising on Jackson County.