Paine football position draws interest

 He’s heard from agents, high school coaches and even a member of an NFL organization.

Since the October announcement that Paine Col­lege is starting a football team, athletic director Tim Duncan said interest has been high.

“It’s been tremendous,” he said. “Everywhere I go, people recognize me from the announcement. More importantly, they’re excited about it.”

As of Monday, Duncan said he’s received between 45 and 50 applicants for the head coaching job. He said he’s looking to pare the number to three and bring the finalists to campus next week. Duncan said he wants to hire a coach by Jan. 1, but it will take a candidate with many good qualities.

“We want someone with great character from a winning background,” he said. “We want this person to be good in the community and be a great role model for the kids.”

Duncan said he’s received applications from Division I Division II and high school teams, though most come from Division II. One applicant received a recommendation from the Denver Broncos, though it wasn’t head coach John Fox who called, Duncan said.

Duncan said he’s been flooded with interest from potential players. He said he’d like to have 50 players for the first day of practice next fall.

“That’s a tall order,” he said. “But with the right coach, that’s achievable.”

The new coach will begin the recruiting process immediately. Paine already has a “recruiting” tab on its football page at paineathletics.com.

The team will begin play in 2014 in NCAA Division II in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Paine’s football steering committee – a cross-section of more than 20 community members that includes coaches, former athletes, school administrators and supporters – recently held its first meeting. The group will soon start fundraising for the program, a plan Duncan said is “not just for the super wealthy, but for the common fan.”

“We see ourselves as Augusta’s team,” he said. “We want people from Columbia County. We want people from North Augusta. And we want people from Richmond County as well.”

 

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Paine College Football Steering Committee

Co-Chairmen

Keven Mack, NFL official, commercial real estate broker for Blanchard & Calhoun; Haskell Toporek, chairman of Augusta Sports Council, financial advisor for Morgan Stanley

Honorary Chairman

Willie Jeffries, retired Division I and II head football coach, member of College Football Hall of Fame

Members

• George Bailey, athletics director for Richmond County school system

• Marion Barnes, former football student at Paine College, retired educator, Richmond County Board of Education

• Craig Baynum, former football player for Georgia Tech and Dallas Cowboys

• Bill Fulcher, former football student, coach at Georgia Tech

• Cally Gault, former football coach at Presbyterian College and North Augusta High School

• Dr. Charles Goodman, former basketball student at Wake Forest, pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church

• Dr. Robin Hatley, former football student at East Tennessee State University, physician

• Henry Ingram, president of Augusta Capitol City Classic, owner of International Formalwear

• Dr. Bill Kanto, chief medical officer at Georgia Health Sciences University, former football student at University of Virginia

• Steven Kendrick, Richmond County Tax Assessor, longtime Paine supporter

• Dr. Charles Larke, retired Richmond County superintendent

• Juriah Lewis, public address announcer for Laney football, Augusta Planning and Development

• Dr. Lori Myles, educator, former basketball student at Paine College

• Travers Paine, attorney, former football student at UGA

• Michael Summers, director of facilities and management at Paine College, former football player for South Carolina State University and Indianapolis Colts

• George Lillian Thompkins, retired educator, Richmond County Schools, Paine alumna

• Dr. Marcus Tillery, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

• Dr. Roscoe Williams, former basketball student at Paine College, retired administrator at Augusta State University and Paine College

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