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South athletic director leaving for Archer

The opening of two new high schools in Gwinnett County this fall - and the subsequent hiring of personnel to staff faculty and administrative positions at each - has forced some existing county high school athletics programs to fill key vacancies this summer.

Add South Gwinnett to the list. The Snellville school will be looking for a new athletic director when the man who currently holds the job, Mike Watkins, leaves to accept an administrative position at the new Archer High School after the current school year ends.

Watkins, who is in just his second school year as the director of the Comets' athletic programs, will head up Archer's community school, he confirmed Wednesday.

"It's something I've done before, so it's not really anything that new," Watkins said of his new job. "Sure (I'll miss athletics). I've always been involved in coaching, but I've never had an opportunity to help open a new school before. And I'll be working in the same school (district) my son's going to be going. So, that's a plus."

South's programs had their share of success in Watkins' two school years in charge of the school's athletics.

Most recently, the Comets' boys basketball team (25-6) advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of this season's Class AAAAA state tournament before falling by a single point to eventual runner-up Milton.