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Caldwell returning to South Georgia

May 7, 2003

Stockbridge head football coach Jeff Caldwell has accepted an offer to become the ninth head football coach at Westover High School.

 Caldwell was offered the job after he and two other finalists had a second interview with the search committee yesterday.

The other two finalists called back for an interview were Carror Wright of Northeast Macon and former Berrien head coach and current Bainbridge assistant Brett Martin.

Caldwell's name is familiar to South Georgia fans.

His first head coaching job was at Hawkinsville.

After coaching the Red Devils for eight seasons, Caldwell was the head coach at Brooks County for five years and  for six seasons at Camden County.

His record was 121-72 and two with five region titles at those three schools.

He moved to Stockbridge in 2000 where he won six games in three seasons.

Caldwell inherits a Westover program that has not been to the playoffs in 20 years and has only had three winning seasons.

He succeeds Richard Hodges who resigned back in March.

Hodges, who was two wins shy of becoming Westover's winningest head coach, is now an assistant at Warner Robins High School.

The Dougherty County Board of Education must approve Caldwell's hiring at their meeting on Monday.

All finalists for the Westover job all had head coaching experience including current assistants William Chunn and Tim Goodin.

Other finalists for the position were Dooly County head coach Bill Clark, Northeast Macon head coach Carror Wright, Turner County's Lee Hamner, former Columbus High head coach and current Wayne County assistant Scott Frederick and Brett Martin.