From a state championship in football to another state wrestling title last weekend, Jefferson High School is having a busy year with athletics. However, the athletes are not the only ones receiving statewide attention.
JHS Athletic Director Tim Corbett has been named the State AA Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association. Corbett, who is a JHS graduate himself, was previously named the Region 8 AA Athletic Director of the Year, but only recently received word of his state recognition.
“[The] word is leaking out now, statewide,” said JHS Principal Kevin Smith, of what he said Jefferson has known for a while. “We have an outstanding athletic director,” said Smith.
“As they say, the hits keep coming for our school and for our program, and our athletic program has enjoyed great success,” said Smith. “It had great leadership and that’s Tim Corbett.”
The Dragons’ most notable winning tradition comes from the wrestling team which just earned its 13th consecutive traditional title. The track and field team has something to brag about as well as they have nine state championships of their own.
JHS just finished their inaugural swimming season and saw two athletes at the state meet. The Lady Dragons softball team was the region champ and hosted the first two rounds of the state tournament. The boys’ basketball team also earned a region title last weekend. Corbett says his award is a testament to the entire school system.
“[Corbett] does a tremendous job in handling the things that need to be handled in our athletic program,” said Smith. “I appreciate his dedication, hard work and [how] he handles things. That’s really one less thing I have to worry about.”
Corbett said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by your region [and] recognized by your peers who see you throughout the year and what you do. Once you go to the state level, they really examine your program over time and it’s kind of what I see — a sustained quality over time and that’s a reflection of everybody from our middle school program all the way up to our high school programs.”