THOMASVILLE — Ed Pilcher watched the video screen at the east end of The Jackets’ Nest, as the tributes from former players, coaches and even writers appeared on the screen Friday night.
Thomas County Central High School named the field at the stadium for Pilcher in a pre-game ceremony, honoring the coach who won five state high school football championships in six seasons, winning three in a row from 1992-94 and back-to-back titles in 1996-97. His final season at TCCHS was 2007 before he coached for five years at Bainbridge and three seasons at Berrien.
Pilcher won 169 games in 17 seasons at TCCHS, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.
Pilcher said he was “very humbled” by the honor.
“It’s a great honor,” he said. “It’s something I share with a lot of folks who made it possible, not just me, a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches.”
Pilcher said there were too many great memories from his time at TCC to pick out a favorite.
He also said he had no idea the program would reach the heights it did when he took over prior to the 1991 season.
“I don’t think anybody ever plans that. You strive for it,” he said. “It was something we worked for. Are we going to achieve it? You don’t ever know.”