January 19, 2005
Tifton - For the second straight day, a Region 1-AAAAA school has looked to the state of Florida to fill an head coaching job.
The Tift County Board of Education voted unamiously Wednesday afternoon to hire Suwanee High coach Jay Walls as the new head football coach and athletic director at Tift County High School.
A native of Savannah, Jay Walls played football at Valdosta State University where he was elected a permanent team captain in 1985.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Valdosta State. Walls was working as an assistant at Crestview High in the Florida Panhandle when he got his first head coaching job at Suwanee High in Live Oak Florida in 1997.
Jay Walls said "When I was at Valdosta State as a player and as a coach, I though about what a great opportunity to coach in south Georgia and how competitive the region is. And I think it is the best region in Georgia no question, if not the nation. And to be a part of that is just very exciting."
Jay Walls and Randy Hallack of Astronaut High in Titusville Florida were the two finalist for the Tift County job.
A third finalist withdrew when learning his name was going to be made public under the Georgia open records act.
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