Douglas County, along with many other high schools, moved into a new region for this upcoming season. Part of Region 5-AAAA South for the 2011 season, the Tigers will play in Region 3-AAAAAA this year.
In this region, the Tigers will play East Coweta, Hughes, Newnan, Tri-Cities and Westlake high schools. The only Douglas County school the Tigers will face this season will be Chapel Hill Aug. 31.
At the July 23 event, head coaches from each of the region’s schools represented their respective schools. First-year head coach Jason Respert spoke for Douglas County.
Respert said each coach had an opportunity to speak on the issues they felt were important in preparation for the season.
“The head coaches for the six schools gave their expectations and concerns for the upcoming season, on and off the field,” Respert said.
Respert said there was talk of strategy and training for the season to come.
“We don’t want to tell too much. The season is almost here and we don’t want to ruin the surprise,” said Respert, jokingly.
As a new coach, this year’s media day was Respert’s first.
“I haven’t heard of such a thing before. I don’t think it is something that many regions do,” he said.
While other regions may not have a similar event, Respert said he was told by Mike McDonald, the regional president and Newnan High School’s head football coach, that this is a yearly occurrence.
Even though the school has moved into a different region, Respert said he is not concerned with who his team plays in each coming game, but how the team plays every game.
“Being a first-year coach, me and my staff came to change the culture of football at Douglas County.”
Douglas County has not posted a winning record since 2007, when the team went 8-3 and reached the state playoffs under John Oglesby.
“[The Tigers] didn’t have a good season last year but we’re trying to change the image of the program,” Respert said. “I’m only going to focus on Douglas County and improving Douglas County.”
Respert, a Parade All-American at Northside High School in Warner Robins, starred at the University of Tennessee and played briefly in the NFL for the Chicago Bears before starting his coaching career. According to Douglas County High’s website, he previously served as an assistant coach at Northside, Peach County and Howard high schools before being hired at Douglas County.