SCHLEY CO., GA (WALB) - Schley County played 10 football games this past season, and they dropped every single one of them.
Now, the Wildcats trying to build a new winning culture, and it will start with their new ball coach.
"I really feel a calling from the Lord to be an influence to young men," said newly hired head coach Darren Alford. "And try to show them and teach them character necessarily before football."
As Darren Alford tried on his new silver and black SC cap, he said he felt comfortable. Standing before the parents of athletes eager to know his plans for their kids, he won them over with his plans of building men, not just ball players. But that was only part of the reason superintendent Adam Hathaway was sold on the Americus native.
"I know what he brings to a community," said Hathaway. "I know what he brings to a football team, and more importantly I know what he brings to the weight room."
While serving as defensive coordinator for West Lawrence high, he also taught the weightlifting classes, leading them to 3 state championships.
"You don't win football games on Friday night," Alford reminded. "You win football games in Monday through Thursday in practice. You win football games in the weight room in the offseason. So that's where we have to start."
And he'll be starting with a young team that was shutout five times last year and scored a total of 45 points all year. That's 4.5 points per game. But Schley County expects him to win now.
"He really wanted to come here because he wanted someone that had high expectations for him," said Hathaway. "Not 3 years down the road, but tomorrow."
"We haven't weight lifted much," said junior receiver Jake Hall that's our problem. And so he's going to fix that."
Hall will be a senior receiver next season. He loves the new multiple offense Alford plans to implement. And he loves the fact that Alford cares about the player's growth as men in the community.
"I think that's a great idea," said Hall. "Because the last coach we had really didn't support in that. He just cared about the game and winning."
Alford will also lead Schley county's strength and conditioning for all sports. The Wildcats will have facility upgrades soon and are looking for excellence across the board.