February 17, 2004
Ashburn- In a span of five years, Erik Soliday has built Americus High into one of the top high school football programs in the state.
Ten years ago, Soliday was taking Turner County to the state playoffs just about every season and fans in Ashburn are hoping that Soliday can do it again.
The Turner County School Board Tuesday night voted to hire Soliday as head football coach and athletic director at Turner County High School.
Soliday held that post for eight years before leaving in 1997 for Henry County.
Two years later, Soliday came to Americus High where in five seasons his record 57-10 with two class AA state titles.
The decision to leave Americus wasn't easy for Soliday who was offered the Turner County job one month ago.
But satisfied that the program in Americus will be competitive for many years to come, Soliday decided it was time to go back to the place he got his first head coaching job.
Soliday said "It basically came down to a chance to come home and a chance to start somewhere and rebuild a program and see if we couldn't get this thing going and I look forward to that challenge. Sometimes you need new challenges and this seemed to be the right one to take."
Erik Soliday succeeds Lee Hamner who resigned after a second consecutive 1-9 season.
Soliday will not have to face his former school since Americus is moving to AAAA next year due to their consolidation with Sumter County and Turner County is moving down to class A.
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