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Archer announces first athletic hires
Hawks' Dyer is new school's first head football coach

Two current Gwinnett head coaches were among the first athletic hires announced by Archer, Gwinnett's newest high school slated to open later this year.

Parkview head boys basketball coach Tim Watkins will assume the same position at the fledgling Lawrenceville program, as well as taking over as the Tigers' first athletic director. Mill Creek assistant football coach Andy Dyer was named as Archer's football coach and Chris Hays, currently Central Gwinnett's head baseball coach, will take the same position at Archer.

Watkins has spent 14 of his coaching years at Parkview in two different stints, the most recent beginning in 2004 when he was hired as the Panthers' head basketball coach. He was the head boys basketball coach at Salem in between his tenures at Parkview.

"It's a great community (at Archer) and a great opportunity to be athletic director and head boys basketball coach," Watkins said. "We hope to build a great school there."

Dyer also started the Hawks' program as a part of the school's first staff in 2004. He coached previously at East Coweta and Brookwood, his alma mater. He was at Brookwood from 1997 to 2004, working with the same coaches he had played for in high school.

A good portion of Dyer's first Archer staff is in place. Current Parkview assistants Joel Bridges (defensive coordinator) and Josh Alexander (offensive coordinator, strength coach) have been hired, as have Mill Creek assistant Jim Peevy and Parkview grad Ainsley Battles, a former NFL player.

"I'm real excited about the opportunity just to start the program and be the first to do everything at Archer as far as building a program," said Dyer, who played college football at West Georgia. "I'm looking forward to helping set the tone for the school."

Hays, a Central grad, is Archer's first baseball coach. A four-year college baseball player at Georgia, he was a Black Knights assistant from 2001 to 2006, when he was promoted to head coach.