Dougherty tabs former Tornado Gilbert as new head coach

Dougherty hires Johnny Gilbert

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty chose a very familiar face as the new leader of the football team.

Johnny Gilbert will be the 11th head coach in Trojans history. He’s a former Quarterback at both Monroe high school and Albany State.

This afternoon, Gilbert was announced to a warm welcome from both Monroe and Dougherty alumni at the Dougherty County Schools board meeting.

Gilbert’s coaching career started at Monroe as an assistant in 1996.

He got his first head coaching gig at McNair in 1999.

In just 6 seasons, Gilbert became the school's all-time leader in wins and region championships.

In 2005 he left GHSA ball and spent time as head coach at Strong Rock Christian and Creekside Christian.

Now he's returning to Albany to lead his former rival school.

Gilbert knows its been a decade since Dougherty has had a winning season, and the Trojans are coming off a win-less season.

He has a plan to change the culture.

“One of the first things to do is get inside of that weight room to get stronger," said Gilbert.

"Next thing to do is meet with those seniors and build some strong leadership among them so they can go down to the other players, and once we get that together, that weight room and those leaders together, we’re heading in the right direction.”

Gilbert is replacing Damien Gary who left for his alma mater in Athens this offseason.

He’s the third Trojans coach in as many seasons.

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