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Bulldoggs hire new coach

It turns out Winder-Barrow didn't have to look far for its new head football coach.

School officials looked just across Barrow County to rival Apalachee as Wildcats defensive coordinator David Wagner was announced as the Bulldoggs' new coach in a release sent by the school Friday.

Wagner, a native of Lenoir City, Tenn., has coached football and track for 12 seasons.

He moves a few miles down the road after building an Apalachee defense that gave up just 14.8 points per game this past season -- a key part of the Wildcats winning the school's first region championship, setting a new school record with 12 wins and advancing to the Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

"During the interviews we conducted with Coach Wagner, the characteristics we believe crucial to build our program were evident," Winder-Barrow assistant principal and athletics director Justin Grant said in a statement released Friday. "He has been an integral part of successful programs during his career. He is dedicated to developing the student athlete."

Wagner inherits a Bulldoggs team that went 2-8 last season and has not posted a winning record since 2003.

However, he is excited about the opportunity to turn things around.

"I just want to thank the administrators at both high schools, (plus head) Coach Shane Davis at Apalachee," Wagner said in a statement released Friday. "These are great guys to work with, and I am proud to be part of their team.

"I met with my former team at Apalachee earlier to break the news, and I am looking forward to meeting with my new team at Winder-Barrow.

"I'm just ready to get to work."