March 25, 2004
Ashburn-- Erik Soliday is not the only man living in Ashburn who has won back to back state titles as a head coach.
John Dye started the football program at Eureka High School in 1952 and led the Tigers to state titles in 1965 and 1966. Dye bought the team's equipment and uniforms from a junior college in Norman Park and the scoreboard came from Florida State; the letters F-S-U are still visible at the old Eureka field.
When Eureka High closed due to integration, John Dye became an assistant at Turner County and was on Joe Wilson's staff when the Rebels won their state football championship in 1976.
Dye, who retired four years ago, is very proud to be the only coach part of the three state football titles won by Turner County schools. "It makes me feel good. Knowing that you had a lot of young men that faith in you, believed in you and that gave you respect. And that is the only way you are going to have a winning team. You have to the respect of your players and you have to give them respect."
Coach Dye will celebrate his 77th birthday Friday.
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