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Duluth hires from within for new football coach

Duluth's football program stayed in house for its new head football coach.

Offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Jason Conner was promoted as the replacement for departed head coach Corey Jarvis, who led the Wildcats the past three seasons. Duluth announced the decision Thursday night.

"We are so pleased to have Coach Conner to take on the role of head football coach for DHS," new Duluth principal Anthony Smith said. "First and foremost, he is an outstanding teacher of impeccable character, the kind of person you would want your own children to be around. Second, he knows first-hand what it means to successfully compete week in and week out in one of the most competitive regions in the state."

Conner's offense averaged 26 points last season as the Wildcats went 4-6 in difficult Region 7-AAAAAA. They went 4-6 in each of Jarvis' three seasons, but had been more competitive than the previous six years --when it never won more than two games in a season.

Duluth's last winning season was in 1995, when it went 7-3 under Mike Strickland. It last made the playoffs in 1994.

Conner, who graduated from Vidalia High, has eight seasons of experience, working previously as passing game coordinator for legendary coach T. McFerrin at Jefferson and as co-offensive coordinator for two seasons under former Jefferson coach Bill Navas, now Duluth's athletic director.