From Staff Re­ports

The Standard Journal - - Sports -

Rock­mart High School head foot­ball coach Bin Turner was named by the Polk County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion as the new ath­letic di­rec­tor for the Yel­low Jack­ets.

The move fol­lows the re­tire­ment of for­mer Rock­mart Jack­ets head foot­ball coach Dan Duff.

Turner, who comes to the Jack­ets from McIntosh County Academy as an as­sis­tant coach, took the helm for the first time last month dur­ing the an­nual Black and Gold game. He felt con­fi­dent enough to say his team’s ath­letic abil­i­ties and could taken them all the way, if they work hard in the weight room over the sum­mer and in prac­tices in Au­gust.

He said dur­ing the Jack­ets’ foot­ball scrim­mage in May that he not only hopes to lead Rock­mart foot­ball to a cham­pi­onship, but also see other teams see that suc­cess.

“We’re only as strong as the com­mu­nity sup­port can be, and since I’ve been here the com­mu­nity sup­port has been in­cred­i­ble,” Turner said. “It’s grow­ing by the day. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Duff, who spent the pre­vi­ous 12 years coach­ing Rock­mart High School be­fore an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment last fall, was named the head coach Hixson High School in Ten­nessee in Fe­bru­ary.

Duff pre­vi­ously coached at Hixson from 1996 to 2001, leading the team to its first play­off ap­pear­ance dur­ing his time there.


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