Copeland out at Baldwin

jheeter@macon.comDecember 4, 2013 


Baldwin County coach Dexter Copeland kept his cool on the sidelines of a game against Washington County in 2012.


MILLEDGEVILLE – Baldwin has parted ways with football coach head Dexter Copeland.

The school posted a job opening for a head coach on a statewide job website.

Copeland went 27-17 in four years at Baldwin, although the Braves’ win totals declined each season. They went 3-7 this season, marking the first losing season for the program since 2001.

The Braves started the season with an impressive win over Peach County, but they lost by 49 points to Washington County the next week. They remained in playoff contention, however, with wins in two of the next three games. But the Braves lost their final four games to miss out on the playoffs.

Coincidentally, Copeland’s final win at Baldwin — a 28-13 victory of Rutland on Oct. 4 — was the 100th of his career. Copeland got off to a quick start in Milledgeville.

He won 10 games in his first season, going to Baldwin in the early summer with little time to prepare for the upcoming season. The Braves won their first nine games before losing to Peach County in the regular-season finale. The Braves beat Henry County to open the playoffs but lost 21-20 to Burke County in the second round. They beat Burke County to open the 2010 season.

The Braves won eight games in 2011, earning the second seed from GHSA Region 2-AAA. They lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Monre-Albany.

Baldwin went 6-5 in 2012, falling to Wayne County in the opening round of the playoffs.

Copeland, a Northside alum, went 73-32 in nine seasons at Twiggs County before going to Milledgeville. The Cobras won 10 games or more four times under his watch and suffered two losing seasons in those nine years.

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