Dan Duff Returns To Hixson as Football Coach

Friday, February 21, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Coach Dan Duff is a Hixson Wildcat.  Again.

The 51-year-old Columbus, Ga. native takes the head coaching reigns for the second time, having posted a 28-35 record as the Hixson coach, 1996-2001.

Duff led the Wildcats to three winning seasons, four straight appearances in the playoffs with a high water mark of 9-3 in 1999.

He replaces Jason Fitzgerald who was 16-8 in two years at Hixson (7-4, 9-4) with a district title this past fall. Fitzgerald is now the Meigs County head coach.

"Hixson is a great place to teach and coach," said Duff. "I loved it when I was here before and look forward to continuing the success coach Fitzgerald had the past two years."

Duff coached Rockmart (Ga.) HS the past 12 years compiling a 76-76 record with five trips to the playoffs.

"Dan is the right fit to be our head coach, he is a proven winner and a great motivator of young men," said Hixson athletics director Bryan Bray.

Spring Practice:  Start May 5 and has nine days to practice ... Hixson will scrimmage Sequatchie Valley on the last day of spring practice.

Season Opener: Soddy Daisy

Dan Duff File

Age: 51

Married: Donna .... children - son, Jason (25) is a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky

and daughter Paige (21)

Born: Columbus, Ga. 

High School:  Carver HS  played football and baseball

College: Georgia Southwestern (Americus, Ga.)

BS  - Ga. Southwestern University
M.Ed  - Jacksonville State
Ed.S  - Lincoln Memorial

Head Coach

Hixson: 1996-2001

Rockmart: 2002-2013  (Head Coach/Athletics Director)

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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