CAMILLA, Ga. (WALB) - Dondrial Pinkins is headed home. Tuesday evening the Mitchell County School Board voted unanimously and named Pinkins as their next head football coach.
Pinkins is returning to his alma mater and where he started his coaching career.
Pinkins was also the quarterback at the University of South Carolina, where he became the first quarterback in NCAA D1 history to throw 99 and 98-yard touchdown passes in a single season.
He spent four years with the Mitchell County Eagles as their head football coach.
Then spent the next few years in different programs as an assistant coach before accepting the head coaching job at rival Pelham High School.
In nine seasons as a head coach, Pinkins has a 72-28 record, four region titles, and two semi-finals appearances. Six years later, he’s making another round with the Eagles.
”I’m just excited to you know, have the opportunity to come back home. Back when I had the opportunity in 2008 I came in without any coaching experience. I was here for four years. I had the opportunity to kind of venture off and wanted to learn from some coaches that had been successful. The last six years in Pelham have been amazing, created some friendships, relationships that you know means the world to me but the opportunity to come back home is just one that I couldn’t turn down at this time and I’m just excited to be back here,” said Pinkins.
After six seasons with the Hornets, he’s trading in the blue and gold for the red and blue for an opportunity he says he couldn’t pass.
Tuesday morning he informed his Hornets he’d be leaving.
”We kind of just came together and talked as coaches and pulled at our hearts and I think they understand that this is an opportunity for me, that wasn’t an easy decision to make. But, be able to have the opportunity to come back home is an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day,” said Pinkins.
Pinkins continued, “I’m just looking forward to getting in the daily operations and being around the kids, getting to understand each individual kid and what they can bring to the program and what we can do as a staff to continue to develop those kids. Our goal is going to be to come in and to be competitive in the region, to be competitive in the state, and to aim to win a state championship.”
Pinkins told me he’s eager to join the Eagles and get to work this offseason.
This announcement comes a month after former head coach Deshon Brock accepted a head coaching job at Bradwell Institute.