The Appling County Board of Education has approved the hiring of Jordan Mullis as the new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director of Appling County High School. Coach Mullis came to Appling after a decade long stint at Wayne County High School where he coached football and baseball as well as served as a middle school athletic director. While at Wayne, Coach Mullis was a part of three region football titles as well as eight region baseball championships placing over 30 players in college as well as two in the NFL.
Coach Mullis is currently in his second year at Appling County High School where he served legendary Head Coach Rick Tomberlin as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. During these two years the Pirates finished 18-5 with appearances in the Sweet 16 in 2019 and the Elite 8 in 2020. Categorically Mullis’s defense has been ranked in the top ten both years by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as well as setting school records for turnovers and having back-to-back years placing the Pirates on the AJC All-State Team.
“First, I would like to thank everybody that has been involved with this process. It’s a very exciting time to be a Pirate, and I can’t wait to continue building this program and improving on the success Coach Tomberlin had here so quickly. He was a great head coach to work for and one of the all time great men in this profession.”
Mullis, who has also handled academics and recruiting for the Pirates, understands the challenges and goals that need to be addressed to continue the playoff success. He also knows that the region title has gone through Blackshear the last three years.
“Pierce is the AAA State Champion. We have to do the things necessary to compete with them, not just in football, but in all competitive aspects. I look forward to working with our Principal Dr. Gene Starr and our system administration to close that gap. I truly believe Appling County could be a gold mine. I have always wanted to be a Pirate.”
Seven defensive starters return from a group that led the AAA classification in interceptions and forced 28 total turnovers. Also returning is AJC All State defensive end Darris Smith who is committed to UGA.
“There are some holes to fill in the middle of our defense’s losing two three year starters at ILB, but I am very excited about what we have returning. We have some young guys that will get some opportunities early.”
Offense is another story: the starting center, running back, full back, and quarterback all graduated. There will definitely be some new faces touching the ball for the Pirates in 2021.
“Offense is the big ticket item right now. We graduated two college offensive lineman, a three-year running back, a two-year quarterback and probably our most dynamic athlete. Installing a scheme that fits our personnel will not only be new but will also be taught to new players. Offense will definitely be a top priority for our staff during the off-season, and we are excited about the challenge.”