By Nick Nunn
Jeffrey Douglas Connelly, Jr. was born in Athens, but attended the Monroe Area High School where he played middle infielder for the school’s baseball team.
After high school, Coach Connelly attended Georgia Southern University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business. Later, Coach Connelly earned a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia.
Coach Connelly married his wife, Ivey, in April of 2005, and they have two children: Trace, who is almost four years old, and Lila Mae, who is almost one.
During his seven years at Morgan County High School, Coach Connelly has taught every course that is offered at MCHS in social studies except for behavioral sciences. For the past couple of years, however, he has been teaching US History and AP Human Geography.
Coach Connelly is currently the head coach of the softball team and the JV baseball team, although, in the past, he also coached football and served as the assistant athletic director for MCHS.
What are your main interests/hobbies other than sports?
JDC: Is there anything else? (Just kidding.) Outside of sports, I enjoy spending time with my family just hanging out around the house. There is not a lot of down time when you have two young ones; every day is an adventure. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I enjoy trying to keep myself in decent shape, although the process of doing so sometimes isn’t all that fun. I’ve always done distance running and participated in 5Ks here and there. The competitive aspect is fun, although I compete more against myself than the other runners. If I’m not on a softball field on fall Saturdays, I am definitely in front of tv somewhere watching college football – specifically SEC football. Saturdays were always special for me growing up. UGA football was and still is something that my whole family did together, whether we went to the game or just watched on television.
What did you do before you became a teacher?
JDC: Prior to teaching, I held the position of Director of Football Operations at two universities. I worked at Tulane University from 2002-2004. During this time, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a Hawaii Bowl championship team and get to know several future NFL players, including Bears running back Matt Forte. I then went on to work at the University of Connecticut from 2005-2006, holding the same position.
What did being a Director of Football Operations involve?
JDC: As Director of Football Operations, I was involved in all aspects of the football program off the field including on-campus recruiting, camps and clinics, facility projects, budget management, scholarship management, student-athlete life, team travel, etc. The position was an interesting one in that one day, or even one hour, was unlike the next. A person in this role has to wear a lot of different hats and be somewhat of a “jack of all trades.” I met a lot of great people; the experience was a great one from a personal and professional standpoint.