High School Sports

George County hires Taylorsville's Caldwell as football coach

Matt Caldwell
Matt Caldwell

George County High School has hired Taylorsville head coach Matt Caldwell to take over its football program.

The move was approved Tuesday night by the George County School Board.

Caldwell will be making the move from Class 2A to a Class 6A program.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity," Caldwell said. "It's a great opportunity for us to get involved in a school that's been competitive throughout the years. We're taking a step up. There will be changes in the way we do things, but I'm just excited to jump up to that level."

Caldwell arrives at George County after spending the last four years as head coach at Taylorsville, where he had an overall mark of 41-13. He spent two years as the North Forrest coach before making the move to Taylorsville.

Caldwell, 42, has also worked as an assistant at Taylorsville, Mize, Seminary and Columbus.

After spending much of his career at small schools, Caldwell sees George County as a good fit.

"It's a big school, but it's got a small town atmosphere," he said. "There's good community support. It's a great school academically for my children. They've been good in the past in football."

John Douglass stepped down as George County head coach after the 2015 season, which featured a record of 6-5.

Caldwell does have the benefit of having three stars returning on offense who will be seniors this year - quarterback LaRaymond Spiver, receiver D'wan Williams and receiver Tyrese Fryfogle.

"Our teams are going to be up tempo on offense," Caldwell said. "We'll be fast and attacking on defense. We're going to try to be as physical as we can be. How you win football games is by blocking and tackling better than the other team and holding onto the football. We'll try to instill that in our kids."

Caldwell leaves behind a Taylorsville program that has a great deal of tradition in football.

"It's a great place," Caldwell said. "They had great people, great kids. It's a great community. They've really been good to me the nine years total I've been there. It was tough to leave them. But when this opportunity presents itself, you can't pass that up. I'm really thankful for the time I had at Taylorsville."

Caldwell will meet with his new team on Wednesday and start full-time on Feb. 22.