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February 12, 2013

Thomasville gets its man

THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville High School head coach/athletic director hired by a Thomasville City Board of Education unanimous vote Tuesday is the school’s 21st person in the position as THS begins its 100th year of high school football.

Leroy Ryals Jr. was chosen from among 65 applicants and nine finalists.

The top three finalists included Ryals, coach Franklin Stephens of Lamar County High School at Barnesville and coach Kevin Pettis of Crestview High School in Crestview, Fla., who earlier this week accepted a position at another Florida school.

According to information released by the school board Tuesday, Ryals’ “impressive resume and charismatic personality propelled him to the No. 1 position to lead the Thomasville Bulldogs.”

Ryals’ football program is based on what he refers to as “The Fourth Quarter.” The program consists of five components:

• Commitment

• Discipline

• Toughness

• Effort

• Pride

Ryals will transition to THS from his current position as head football coach at Clarke Central High School in Athens.

At Clarke Central, Ryals led the Gladiators to three region championships, seven state playoff appearances and a 2009 AAAAA state runner-up.

His teams compiled a 60-22-1 (.730) in seven seasons.

See Wednesday's edition for more details.

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