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May 24—There will be several new coaches on the sidelines next year at Toombs County High School including a new head basketball coach for the Bulldogs and a new head baseball coach.

Coach Derek James has been named the new head coach of the baseball team. Coach James comes to Toombs County from Bacon County where he was the head coach since 2009. Coach James led the Red Raiders to the state playoffs five times and to the Final Four in 2017. Coach James was named the Region Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2015.

Coach James was an assistant coach for the Vidalia Indians from 2004-2009 and coached for the Vidalia Recreation Department from 2000-2009. He is the son of former head baseball coach of the Vidalia Indians Greg James. 5 23 18 Coach Derek James

Telvin Thomas is the new head coach of the Boys basketball team. Coach Thomas comes to Toombs County from Coffee County where he was the head coach of the 8th Grade team. He will also be a defensive backs coach for the Bulldogs football team.

Charles Hartley is the new head track coach and will also work for the football team as the outside linebackers coach. Coach Hartley comes to Toombs County from Okeechobee County Schools in Florida.

Also coming from Okeechobee County High School is Christopher Branham. Coach Branham was the Head Football Coach of the 6A program. He was previously the Middle School Dean of Students and Athletic Director. He will coach the wide receivers and special teams for the Bulldogs.

Coach Mike Owens is joining the Bulldogs as the quarterback coach and will help the track team. Coach Owens comes from Thomas Central High School and he previously was at Cairo High School.

Coach Wesley Bratton joins Toombs from Montgomery County High School. He was the head coach of the middle school football team and Athletic Director of the middle school and also an assistant coach for the high school wrestling team. At TCHS he will be the running backs coach, an assistant coach with the baseball and wrestling teams.

Coach Don Mims will be an assistant coach for the baseball team. Coach Mims was a longtime coach at Glascock County and won a couple of state championships and has over 300 wins.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity. When Toombs called we sat down and looked at the overall big picture of everything from the recreation department to the financial support for the program and we thought that this was the best move for us.We are very excited to be joining the Toombs County family." Coach James said. 

Coach Bill Benton Toombs County Athletic Director said, "It is just an exciting time to add these coaches to a coaching staff that we are already very proud of."

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