CANEY BAY — Filling coaching positions has been fifth-year head coach Geoff Cannon’s biggest off-season obstacle heading into Brantley County’s 2022 campaign.
Schools around the state are in the midst of their five-day acclimation period ahead of the August 1 official first day of practice. Brantley County is in helmets this week for conditioning before donning full pads starting Monday in preparations for the 2022 season.
Cannon (11-31) has guided the Herons to back-to-back playoff appearances and three post-season berths in his first four years surpassing the program’s total of the first 49 years.
“Participation this summer is the highest it has been during my previous four summers,” said Cannon. “We’re (coaches) not having to chase down players ... it’s just been transportation in getting players to practice.
“Our issue has been being short-handing in the coaching department leading to a lot of group work and not as much individual work. We’ve hired a ton of coaches who are finally here.”
Cannon will have the biggest coaching staff in BCHS history with 10 assistant coaches (five offense, five defense) including six new members. Jacob Lautenback is the new defensive coordinator after being on the staff at Marietta High School, the 2019 Class 7A state champion. Reid Teatsorth will coach inside linebackers and Max Stieve taking over as the defensive line coach.
Garrett Cox, who was hired as the new baseball coach, will coach the running backs. Jimmy Harris is in charge of tight ends. Clay Dykes is a community coach.
“I’m pretty excited about our staff,” said Cannon. “Since February we’ve been working on alignment and assignment on the defensive side of the ball. We’re putting a lot of stock in lining up correctly and winning individual battles.
“For the next two weeks we will be working on tackling and footwork. I’m real excited with the work so far.”
Brantley County will host Frederica Academy in a scrimmage Friday, August 12. The Herons open the regular season a week later at home against Atkinson County.