Central hires Gainesville assistant

Todd Wofford has been part of one the top football programs in Class AAA the last three years. He hopes to translate that success over to Central Gwinnett.

Wofford was introduced as the Black Knights' head coach on Monday, taking over a Central program that has posted a losing record the last three years.

"I've been coaching for 15 years. I saw this as an opportunity to have my own team," Wofford said. "I've been successful at Gainesville where I learned to build a successful program. I felt like it was time to find the right program to build my own program."

Wofford spent the last five years at Gainesville High School in Hall County where the Red Elephants were consistently one of the top teams in the state. Gainesville was 52-11 the last five years Wofford was on staff, which includes five playoff appearances and a state runner-up finish last year. Wofford served as Gainesville's co-offensive coordinator and had the highest scoring offense in the state last year with 44 points a game.

"(Wofford) was very instrumental in their success (at Gainesville)," Central Gwinnett athletic director Brian DeBerry said. "He runs that Tony Franklin (passing) system and he's bringing that here. We're very happy to have him and we're eager to get him here. We like what he brought to the table."

Central Gwinnett ran a spread-style offense two of the last three years before going to the wing-T last season.

"We're going to play fast on offense and defense," Wofford said. "Just looking at Central and what they have, I think we'll have the type of athletes to do what I want to do."

This is Wofford's first head coaching job, but he's no stranger to Gwinnett County football. He was the offensive coordinator at Peachtree Ridge the first two years the school opened before heading to Gainesville.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to the county," Wofford said. "It's exciting knowing we'll be competing at the highest level in Georgia. Brookwood, Parkview, Grayson are all traditional powerhouses in the state and my biggest goal is to get Central to compete with them."

From 1957-2001, Central Gwinnett had only two head football coaches. Wofford will be the fourth coach in five years for Central Gwinnett. He replaces Ed Stokes, who was 5-15 in two seasons.

"It's going to be a process," Wofford said. "Being at a winning program, it becomes habit and part of your nature and I have to get that mentality established."