Originally created 02/23/01

Evans names new head coach



Finding a new head football coach at Evans was an inside job.

Evans principal Robert Waller announced Thursday that Lee Chomskis has been promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach. Chomskis takes over for Jim Connor, who resigned as football coach and athletics director earlier this month.

"Being a head football coach is something that I've dreamed about for a long time," said Chomskis, who has been on staff at Evans since 1997. "I'm sure that I haven't been ready, but I feel like I'm ready now."

While the football coaching slot is filled, the search for an athletics director continues.

"I have an idea of who we want, but I'm not ready to pull that trigger," Waller said.

Chomskis, 38, played football and baseball at Westside. After graduating from Augusta State, he began his high school coaching career at Hephzibah. Chomskis later held coaching positions at Burke County and Screven County.

"I've known that I wanted to be a coach since I was a junior in high school. I attribute that to the fine folks I played for," said Chomskis, who was coached by Coley Cassedy and Gerald Barnes at Westside.

After two years as offensive line coach for the Knights, Chomskis was named offensive coordinator before the 1999 season. During the past two seasons, Chomskis has employed an innovative offensive game plan featuring the midline option, the veer and various gadget plays.

That offensive balance has been a big part of the program's recent success; the Knights have improved their win-loss record in each of the past two seasons, including an 8-4 mark in 2000.

"I contribute a lot of the things I do to a conglomerate of people. I'm notorious for going out and copying what other people do," Chomskis said.

Additionally, Chomskis has picked the brain of Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell, and also has consulted with his uncle, Dan Pitts, a former coach at Mary Persons. Pitts has won more games than any high school football coach in the state, while Campbell is No. 2.

Chomskis will continue to call the plays as offensive coordinator, and is preparing to solidify other gridiron assignments.

"We've already got a good group of coaches. I'm hoping those who are here want to stay," he said. "I'm also excited about the opportunity to bring some other folks in so we can add to an already-quality staff."