Posted: 3:10 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Franklin Stephens hired at Ware County 

By Todd Holcomb

Franklin Stephens,  who led Lamar County to the Class AA championship game in 2013, was announced as the head football coach of Ware County in Waycross on Friday.

Franklin Stephens

Franklin Stephens (left) with Ware County athletics director David Shields. Photo courtesy of Eric Mathison.

Stephens had come to Lamar from Tucker, where he won state championships in 2008 and 2011 at a DeKalb County school that frequently contended but  reached the top only under Stephens.

Stephens’ record was 26-2-1 at Lamar County and 64-6 at Tucker. Stephens is 90-8-1 overall as a head coach. Before getting the Tucker job, Stephens had been an assistant at Burke County (1996-2001) and Camden County (2002-06). High school teams with Stephens on their staff are 197-37-2.

Stephens, a Burke County native, was persuaded to come to Lamar County by its principal, former Georgia Southern football teammate Derick Austin. Austin recently resigned to become an assistant principal at Putnam County.

Ware County was 11-2 in 2013 and 50-16 in five seasons under Ed Dudley, who left to take the head coaching job at Carrollton. Ware County has reached recent state finals in 2007 and 2012.

11 comments
CDAWG7
CDAWG7

BigIrishMike, he had VERY talented players at the previous two schools. A lot of Lamar county's talent graduated so this coming year would have shown what he was made of. Let's see how Ware County feels about him in a couple of years!

BigIrishMike
BigIrishMike

  Anyone know what kind of payday he is leaving and what he will be getting ?   Base + Booster ?  If he is a jerk why and how does he have the record he does? I know he has a reputation of being tough on the kids so looks like jerk means tough.

    Kids usually won't have that kind of record for someone they don't like.

CDAWG7
CDAWG7

I here the guy is a real jerk and Lamar County is glad to be rid of him!

blu eagle
blu eagle

Good luck Coach Stephens, you have certainly earned everything you have accomplished. However, it is one more thing for my NSWR Eagles to be concerned about as your team will be even tougher to get through each year!

Trojandomination
Trojandomination

Good Luck Coach Stephens! The Swamp has scored big with this Coach! Gonna miss him in the ville but, we are moving on getting ready to make our charge to WIN in December 2014!!! #trojandomination

Braves4Life
Braves4Life

Franklin Stephens was the man for the job 5 years ago and he still is. 


WELCOME TO THE SWAMP, COACH!

58Supersports
58Supersports

Great hire! Go Gators and Welcome Coach Stephens to the Swamp.. AAAAA

WaycrossDawg
WaycrossDawg

Welcome CFS! Can't wait to see where you take this program!!

Braves4Life
Braves4Life

@CDAWG7  Listen.....he only went to Lamar because the principal was a good friend of his.....they played at GSU together.


In a couple of years, us Ware Countians are gonna probably like him more than we do now. He's gonna bring us that elusive state championship one of these days. Hope he's here forever

Braves4Life
Braves4Life

@BigIrishMike  We are happy to have him down here in Waycross. The program will be successful while he is at the helm and he will be here a long time. Kids can't handle tough? They don't need to play.

Braves4Life
Braves4Life

@CDAWG7  Well I heard that Susie likes Jake but Jake likes Kathy and Kathy likes Tommy!!!!! But in the end, Tommy likes Susie!!!!!