On Monday, January 4, Appling County High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Rick Tomberlin submitted his letter of resignation to Superintendent Dr. Scarlett Copeland and ACHS Principal Dr. Gene Starr. The letter states:
“After extensive conversations with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided to retire from my position as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Appling County High School. With the unfortunate consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic added to the demands of an already challenging job, the difficulty of commuting one hour and forty minutes one way from my home, I think it is in the best interest of my family and myself to retire. I would like for my retirement to be effective immediately.
Dr. Starr, I would like to thank you for your support and your trust through the previous three years! Thank you for being a friend and ally during my time as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.
Dr. Copeland, I would like to thank you for the support and kindness you have shown me during my entire tenure. You have been a wonderful encourager and confidant to me and I greatly appreciate it!
I want to thank my outstanding assistant coaches and the Appling County Pirate Touchdown Club for their tremendous help and support. I would also like to thank the entire faculty and staff at Appling County High School for the welcome, support and encouragement!
Finally, I would like to thank all the young men in the Appling County High School Football Program. I have been fortunate and blessed to be their Head Football Coach!
I wish Appling County High School great success in the future and I will always be a proud Appling County High School Pirate!
Power Up Pirates! – Coach T”
Coach Tomberlin had an overall record in Appling County of 24-10. He led the Pirates to the state playoffs all three seasons, including a trip to the quarterfinals this past season. Tomberlin’s career spanned a total of 34 seasons for nine programs and he had a total record of 270-129, a .677 win percentage. His most impressive years as head coach occurred during his stint with Washington County from 1992 – 2005. His teams consistently made the playoffs and he won three state championships at Washington. In 1994, 1996 and 1997 in addition to winning state championships, Tomberlin’s teams went a perfect 15-0 each season.
The Appling BOE accepted Tomberlin’s resignation on Monday and opened the position.