By Patrick Host
Morgan County High School’s month-long search for a new head football coach ended Tuesday when the school announced it will hire Clint Jenkins to replace out-going Coach Bill Malone.
Jenkins is currently the head coach at AAAAAA Dacula High School in Gwinnett County and has led the Falcons to the state semi-finals in 2018 and 2019 and to the second round of the state championships last year. Jenkins finishes with a 31-8 record at Dacula.
Morgan County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Virgil Cole said the search community interviewed more than 40 applicants for the job but kept circling back around to Jenkins. “I felt like he was the best person to take our program forward,” Cole said.
“He’s had some outstanding success.”
Jenkins coached at Morgan County from 2001 to 2009, a press release issued by the school system said. During his time at Morgan County Jenkins coached special teams, defense. And strength and conditioning. He also served as a position coach both on offense and defense. During his time at Morgan County the Bulldogs made fire trips to the second round of the state playoffs and won two region championships.
“I think he’s a small town kind of guy and he had some great experiences here before,” Cole said.
Jenkins is married to Heather and the family has twins who are middle school aged.
Morgan County Athletic Director Doug Connelly said he was pleased with the hire. Connelly said on top of Jenkins football pedigree, his commitment to character development was impressive.
“”Above all else, Clint Jenkins is a good man who cares about the players under his charge. In talking with people around Morgan County who were near the program during his first stint, they recall Clint as a good football coach who the kids loved to play for. Clint’s time here in Morgan County is of particular importance, as he understands how special this place is while also bringing his other experiences to the table. He has obviously gone on to other schools and had considerable success as both as a defensive coordinator and head coach. Of particular importance was his commitment to developing student-athletes both athletically and personally. He has experience in all facets of the game having coached on both sides of the ball, worked with special teams and coordinated a strength and conditioning program.”
He earned a Masters of Education degree from Troy University and a Bachelor’s in Education from then University of Georgia after serving for four years in the United States Marine Corps.
Before becoming head coach at Dacula, Jenkins spent seven years as the Falcons defensive coordinator. He earned the Tally Johnson assistant coach of the year award in 2013 and was voted by Gwinnett County coaches as the best defensive coach in 2014.
Jenkins father Wesley Jenkins was a long time high school football coach at both West Rome and Valdosta.