VALDOSTA — After leading Irwin County to its first 10-win season since 1999, Jon Lindsey is now looking to duplicate that success at Cook.
Lindsey, who went 20-13-1 in three seasons with the Indians, was approved by the board of education Monday night after accepting the Hornets' job. In Adel, Lindsey will replace Ken Cofer, who stepped down after the 2013 season following four years and a 32-15 mark.
“Really, it just seemd like a good fit,” Lindsey said. “I liked the people when I interviewed. It feels like a really good fit with the school system and it has very nice facilities.
“I just liked the tradition of football there.”
That tradition at Cook includes 14 straight playoff appearances and five consecutive winning seasons. The Hornets' last sub-.500 finish was a 5-6 record in 2006. A year later, Cook won 10 games and played in a state semifinal. All that success came in Class AA, but the Hornets will be moving into Class AAA this season. Cook was originally placed in Class AAAA due to isolation but won its appeal to play football where its enrollment lies, one class lower.
In Ocilla, Lindsey took over a Class A program coming off three straight losing seasons and after a 3-7 mark in 2011, he guided Irwin to a 7-4 mark in 2012 and a 10-2-1 finish this past season and a Class A public semifinal appearance. While having to build from the ground up with the Indians, Lindsey is excited to take over the solid program Cofer left behind at Cook.
“I feel like coach Cofer did a really good job there, and is leaving the program in good shape,” he said. “My plan is to pick it up and take it to the next level. Here, I felt like we started from the ground up and had a lot of support from the community and people of Irwin County.