Georgia Northwestern Hires College’s First Varsity Golf Coach

Monday, July 15, 2013 - by Don Foley
Jared Willerson
Jared Willerson

A GHSA Golf Coach of the Year winner in Georgia’s prep ranks has accepted the position at Georgia Northwestern as the college’s first-ever head coach for NJCAA Intercollegiate Golf.

After leading Chickamauga, Georgia’s Gordon Lee High School to a third-place state finish this past spring, Jared Willerson has made the decision to make the jump to college for the 2013-14 season. The Chickamauga, Georgia-native is expected to coach both Georgia Northwestern and Gordon Lee’s teams in the upcoming season.

Bobcats Men’s Golf is expected to launch in Spring 2014. However, plans are being made for tournaments as early as this fall. “The first year we will operate as a club sport as we prepare for our first official year in the NJCAA in 2014,” said Willerson. “We are already slated for the Chik-Fil-A Invitational in Rome in which Shorter, Berry, and some of the larger colleges across the southeast will be taking part in this fall.”

So, step two after hiring a top cat to run Georgia Northwestern’s links squad is to recruit. “We already have one signing about to take place out of Catoosa County, Georgia,” said Willerson. “I’m looking for student-athletes who want to go to college, first and foremost. Then, I want a golfer. A true student-athlete that will help this program make a name for itself over the next couple of years.”

The 37-year-old Willerson led his prep squad to five consecutive region crowns in 2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, and ’10. In 2008, the Lady Trojans won the state title and Willerson took home Coach of the Year honors for his efforts. As an assistant coach for the high school’s boys’ team, he helped coach that squad to a team state title this past season.

Willerson attended Cleveland State C.C. in Cleveland, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. The newest Bobcat holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics.

“He’s a perfect fit for what we are going to accomplishment building what will be a competitive intercollegiate golf program,” said Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson. “This was the next step in our long-term plan to strengthen the athletic program at Georgia Northwestern. There is a bunch to do in the coming weeks and months to make sure this is a success. However, I have full confidence in Jared’s (Willerson) ability to make this happen.”

Willerson is married to his wife, Roni. They live in Chickamauga, with their four children, Hannah, Grace, Will, and Kate.


Randy Smith: Here Comes The Judge

There is a special section down the right field line at Yankees Stadium in New York called "The Judge's Chambers." Each night during a home game, fans dress in all kinds of "judge's" regalia to honor the Yankees' rookie right fielder Aaron Judge. And honor him they should. Judge has created more excitement in Yankee Stadium than any rookie since Mickey Mantle. Check these numbers ... (click for more)

Covenant Volleyball Releases 2017 Schedule

A full slate of 30 regular season matches awaits the 2017 edition of the Covenant volleyball program as the schedule has been finalized. The Lady Scots will play in three non-conference tournaments, face national and regional powers, and play nine matches inside Barnes PE Center. The season gets started at Birmingham Southern for a weekend classic against Sewanee ( Sept. ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

12 "Johns" Arrested In Multi-Agency Prostitution Sting Operation In East Ridge, Including Doctor, Teacher

A joint operation was conducted on Wednesday by the East Ridge Police Department in cooperation with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Chattanooga Police Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to combat human trafficking and prostitution complaints within the city of East Ridge. The operation was conducted over a two-day period when online advertisements ... (click for more)

Tom Edd Wilson Was A Great Visionary

We want to add to the many heart-felt messages that have been expressed regarding the recent passing of Tom Edd Wilson, a truly great visionary.    While he made his mark on many local organizations, Tom Edd will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who worked closely with him at Erlanger.   We benefited greatly from his steady guidance, leadership ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Luther’s B-17 Showed Up

I am a huge sap for our veterans and just the other days a reader shared the ultimate story about a guy who returned to his sweetheart at the end of World War II. The little town of Miller. Missouri, is located in the southwest corner of the state and the biggest thing to ever happen in Lawrence County is when a native son, James Lawrence, hollered “Don’t Give Up The Ship” in the ... (click for more)