Baldwin hires former Mary Persons assistant to lead football team

jheeter@macon.comMarch 12, 2014 

Former Mary Persons assistant coach Lee Hannah was approved as the new head football coach at Baldwin on Tuesday night.

Hannah has served on the coaching staffs of Corey Jarvis, another former Mary Persons assistant coach, for the past six years.

Hannah was the defensive coordinator at Mays in 2013, helping Jarvis guide the Raiders to their first playoff win since 2007.

Hannah previously served as the defensive coordinator at Duluth and M.L. King under Jarvis.

Duluth went 12-18 in three years under Jarvis after going 6-54 the previous six seasons. M.L. King went 18-5 during the two seasons Hannah led the defense.

“He’s a high-intensity guy, a defensive guy,” Jarvis said. “The kids love him. He gets the defense to fly around to the ball. He’s a good coach and one of the most organized guys I know.”

Hannah was appointed interim head coach at Grady in January after the Atlanta Public Schools re-assigned Grady head coach Ronnie Millen. Millen was removed after the school district investigated claims of illegal recruitment and address fraud among Grady football players.

Hannah coached on Rodney Walker’s staff at Sandy Creek prior to coming to Mary Persons.

Just before he left Mary Persons, Jarvis met his replacement Hannah. The two stayed in touch, communicating in the same circles and seeing each other at clinics.

When Jarvis had openings at M.L. King, he contacted Hannah.

Hannah takes over for Dexter Copeland, who was let go in December. Copeland later took the head coaching job at Twiggs County. Copeland went 27-17 in four seasons at Baldwin, making the playoffs each of the first three seasons.

Copeland replaced Jesse Hicks in 2010 after Hicks left for Dougherty. Hicks, now the head coach at Central, rejuvenated the football program at Baldwin. He never had a losing record in eight seasons at Baldwin. He won 10 games or more three times and went to the quarterfinals twice and the semifinals once.

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