Tift County football made it official Wednesday afternoon.
New head football coach John Reid was available in Tifton for a meet and greet with many Blue devil faithful in attendance. The former East Paulding coach was named as the Tift County man in charge Tuesday night.
Reid arrives from Dallas, Georgia bringing an impressive 60-15 record in six seasons at AAAA- East Paulding.
The coach led his Raider team to one GHSA semifinal in 2006 and three quarterfinal appearances, most recently in 2010 and 2011. Much like when Reid arrived at East Paulding, the coach will have a lot of work to do at Tift County.
The Blue Devils finished this past season with a 3-7 record missing the playoffs for the third straight year. Still Wednesday wasn't about past struggles- it was all about handshakes and smiles for the new Blue Devil coach.
"This is what's exciting about being a part of this community and this is why I applied," Reid said. "I've met great people so far, and they're excited about Tift County football. There are people here that have been going to games for years and years and just can't wait to see the next Friday nightâ|when that's part of your profession that's exciting."
Reid wants to set the tone for his Blue Devil team in these first 90 days as head coach. It all begins Thursday when Reid meets his players.
The rest of the plan includes hiring the remainder of his coaching staff and getting his players on a scheduled weight regimen. The East Paulding offensive and defensive coordinators will assume the same responsibilities at Tift County.