September 17, 2008
Albany - Now that it is official that South Georgia Wildcats head coach Derek Stingley has landed the defensive coordinator's job with the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena Football League, the Wildcats can now move their search for a new head coach into full speed.
Wildcats general manager Darren McPhail has felt in his heart that Stingley would not be back for a third season and had already developed a list of potential candidates to talk to when and if Stingley left for the AFL.
McPhail would not give names of his candidates but did say his initial list has four to five people he is interesting in discussing the Wildcats coaching job.
McPhail says Stingley did such a great job turning the Wildcats around the last two years that the South Georgia job is one being sought after by many coaches.
Darren McPhail wants the Wildcats to build on the foundation that Derek Stingley built in his two years here.
That is why McPhail wants to hire someone who not only has previous head coaching experience but also has won as head coach.
Darren McPhail said "As a proven winner and has head coaching experience, they know what it takes as far as the recruiting goes, as far putting a team together, as far as leading a team and how to handle guys. They know how to go ahead and put that process together."
Darren McPhail hopes the coaching search for the Wildcats will be wrapped up in a few weeks.