January 26, 2006
Valdosta - At Washington County High School, Rick Tomberlin won more games than any other high school football coach in the state of Georgia over the last decade and a half.
Valdosta High fans hope that Tomberlin will continue that tradition at the nation's winningest high school football team.
Rick Tomberlin was on campus Thursday afternoon for the first time since he was hired by the Valdosta city school board on Monday.
Tomberlin met with the Valdosta High football team and then the school's faculty during his afternoon visit.
The new coach hopes to be on the job full-time by the first of March and he is ready to get his famous "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" offseason condition program started.
Rick Tomberlin knows all about the pressure in coaching in the city of Valdosta.
He coached three seasons at Lowndes where he was fired in 1991.
Some in Winnersville believe the chance to settle a score with Lowndes is one of the reasons Tomberlin took the Valdosta job.
Not so says the new Wildcat head coach.
Rick Tomberlin said "It is not about revenge. This is the winnningest high school program in America. It is something that has been attractive to me for a long, long time. I have got friends and I have got a lot of friends at Lowndes."
Coach Tomberlin is planning to hold his first spring practice at Valdosta in May.