Twiggs County High School introduces new head football coach

Kelvin Blackshear Sr. holds a Twiggs County Cobra helmet for the first time as new head coach/(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. -- On Wendesday, the Twiggs County School District announced that head football coach Zackery Harris would not be returning to the Cobras next season.

Tonight, Kelvin Blackshear Sr. was introduced as his replacement. In a brief press conference at Jeffersonville Elementary School, Blackshear spoke with the media and was welcomed by Twiggs County alumni, players, and families.

"I've been a lot of places coaching football," Blackshear said. "But coming back home, looking these kids in the eyes... to teach them, instruct them, lead them the way we used to run things around here in Twiggs County, it was a no-brainer."

A Twiggs County native, Blackshear certainly has his work cut out for him in this new position. He was an assistant coach at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Atlanta last season. Now he steps in to lead a team that finished this season with an 0-10 record under Harris.

But Blackshear says a turnaround is well within reach.

"I believe this team can be as good as it believes it can be," Blackshear said. "That's how good I think this team can be. We have a lot of work to do, I'm eager to get to work. I'm excited, and I'm just ready to see how it's gonna turn out."

Blackshear went on to say that he has a four-step plan to turning the program around, and that starts with an off-season focus on academics and getting into the weight room.

His first official day on the job will be Jan 10, when the Cobras' first off-season workouts begin.

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