PERRY – Warner Robins offensive coordinator Stacey Harden is among three finalists for the athletics director/head football coaching job at Perry.
The Houston County Board of Education will vote to approve the superintendent David Carpenter’s recommendation at a called meeting at noon on Thursday.
The other two finalists are Dalton head coach Adam Winegarden and Baker County (Fla.) head coach Bobby Johns. The school system released the names of the finalists following a request from the Telegraph.
Harden has served as the Demons’ offensive coordinator since 2004. He helped lead Warner Robins to a state championship in 2004. He previously served as an assistant at Warner Robins from 1991-1996.
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Harden went with Robert Davis to Westside, where he coached from 1997-1999. He became the offensive coordinator at Troup in 2000, and he stayed through the 2003 season.
If named, Harden would become the second Demons’ assistant to land a head coaching job in two weeks following defensive coordinator David Bruce’s appointment at Veterans High School.
Winegarden has been the head coach at Dalton for two seasons. He led the Catamounts to back-to-back winning seasons, including a 7-4 year in 2009 that ended in a playoff loss to Tucker. The two winning seasons give Dalton a state-record 50 consecutive winning seasons.
Winegarden was on the Dalton coaching staff for eight years – including five as offensive coordinator – prior to taking over the head coaching job in 2008. The Catamounts won 42 games in his five seasons as offensive coordinator.
Johns led Baker County to a 9-3 season in 2009, losing to Tallahassee Godby in the region semifinals. The Wildcats went 9-2 in 2008. Johns is a Baker County alum who made headlines in 2008 when he used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive a player who suffered a broken back in practice, according to the Jacksonville Times-Union.