Football: Anders takes over at Tift

Tifton – During a board meeting held tonight at the Tift County Board of Education, Ashley Anders was named the Head Football Coach at TCHS. His promotion is in the wake of John Reid’s resignation to accept a new position at Rome High School.

John Reid was 14-17 in his three years at Tift, but went 7-4 in 2014, ousting powerhouses Camden and Lowndes to make the playoffs this season. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

John Reid was 14-17 in his three years at Tift, but went 7-4 in 2014, ousting powerhouses Camden and Lowndes to make the playoffs this season. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Reid is expected to take Chris Bragg, his strength and conditioning/offensive line coach, and Chris Boden, his offensive coordinator, to new roles at Rome. Bragg is originally from Rome.  Meeting tonight, the Rome City Schools unanimously voted to hire Reid.

Anders, originally from Hampton, Arkansas, graduated high school there at Hampton High. He attended the University of Arkansas – Monticello for his Bachelor’s of Science. He has a Master’s Degree from Auburn. He and his wife Sheri, who is a special education teacher at Annie Bell Clark Primary, have three children; Mary Alex, who cheers for football and plays basketball for TCHS as a freshman, Camden  (8) and Cade (11).

Ashley Anders encourages Mitchell Weldon ot Tifton Harley-Davidson to "make some noise" in the pregame of the scrimmage against Worth. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

New Tift Head Coach Ashley Anders encourages Mitchell Weldon ot Tifton Harley-Davidson to “make some noise” in the pregame of the scrimmage against Worth. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Anders coached linebackers and was the defensive coordinator on Reid’s staff. He has coached for 18 years, and Tift’s defense improved greatly under his watch.  With the exit of Alonzo Hampton, who accepted a role at the University of South Florida earlier this year, Anders has some slots to fill.  Assuming he continues his defensive role, Anders has to hire a d-backs coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and a quarterbacks coach.

While the staff needs to come together quickly, Tift had planned spring football in early May. That timeline may help AD Rusty Smith and Anders build the staff Anders needs to be successful, whether those hires come from outside the current staff, or promotions.  Tift alumni and current wide receivers coach Mike Collier has OC experience, having filled that role for John Reynolds at Dougherty and spending time on the staff at Camden County.  Time will tell as Anders gets settled in his new role, and begins to assemble his staff.

 

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