Wednesday February 21st, 2024 2:23PM

Football: Riverside hires former Dawson Co. coach to lead program

By AccessWDUN Staff

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Former Dawson County head football coach Jeff Lee has been hired to take over the Riverside Prep program.

The school made the announcement via press release on Wednesday.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to be the next Head Football Coach for Riverside Prep,” Lee said. “The history of the school itself and what it stands for is in line with how we will run our football program. I look forward to working with the current and future cadets, administration, parents, and alumni to help build Eagles Football. My wife Catherine and I are truly excited to become part of the Riverside family.”

Lee was head coach at Dawson County for 12 seasons (2003-2014). He led the Tigers to two state playoff berths. While in Georgia, Lee guided six different programs, including Jones County, Twiggs County, Hardaway, Georgia Military College and Charlton County. He compiled a 102-145 overall record in Georgia. 

Lee left Dawson County to take over as North Bay Haven's program in 2015. After four seasons there, he left to take the same position at Holmes High School, where he was 23-22, with back-to-back playoff appearances in his final two seasons. Most recently, Lee was head coach at Desoto High School in Arcadia, Fla. 

Riverside athletic director Richard Crumley said he believes Lee's visibility in building relationships with the students is just as key as strength and conditioning are in building a program.

"We are excited that Coach Lee has decided to join the staff at Riverside. With more than 30 years of experience and a great deal of that being in North Georgia, he knows what it takes to lead a successful football program and looks forward to leveraging and reinforcing the structure and discipline student-athletes learn at Riverside. We expect to welcome him to campus in early February.”

Lee has over 30 years of education and experience coaching football. In addition to playing at the collegiate level at Georgia Southern, where he earned status as permanent team captain, Lee also played for a time in the USFL and NFL.

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