Just a few months removed from leading his Bleckley County boys basketball team into a state championship game at the Macon Coliseum, Clifford Kerbo has accepted the boys basketball head coaching job at Putnam County.
Kerbo takes over for Jack Williams, who led the War Eagles for 10 years.
Kerbo spent eight seasons at Bleckley County, leading the Royals to the GHSA Class AA title game in March. The Royals lost to Greater Atlanta Christian 69-52 in the championship game in Macon.
The title-game appearance was the culmination of a reconstruction job in Cochran.
Prior to Kerbo’s arrival, Bleckley County had missed the playoffs for 21 straight seasons. Kerbo ended that drought in 2006, and then proceeded to lead the Royals to the playoffs in five of the next seven years.
The first big break came in 2007, when the Royals advanced to the state quarterfinals. That squad was led by Carl Hall, who played a key role in Wichita State’s run to the NCAA Final Four in April and could be selected in June’s NBA Draft.
Prior to arriving in Cochran, Kerbo had stints as a head coach at Dublin, Thomas County Central and Wilkinson County. He took each of the three schools to the playoffs.
Williams took Putnam County to the playoffs four times in 10 years. He went 1-4 in playoff games. The War Eagles are coming off a 5-22 season.
Putnam County last had sustained success in boys basketball under longtime coach Herbert Stokes. Stokes took the War Eagles to the playoffs 14 times between 1972 and 1994. The War Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals five times under Stokes, and they played in the state semifinals in 1991.