JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL ALL-TIME BASEBALL COACHES AND TEAM WON/LOSS RECORDS
Jefferson High School All-Time Coaches Records and Won/Loss Records
|1952||Billy Henderson||9||3||0||District Runner up|
|1954||Billy Henderson||10||3||0||25 - 11||Sub Region Champs|
|1956||Fred McManus||12||2||0||18 - 7||Sub Region Runner up|
|1957||Carroll Bufford||4||8||0||4 - 8|
|1958||Hoyt Collins||6||5||0||6 - 5|
|1961||Fred Herren||6||5||0||12 - 21|
|1962||Martis Robinson||3||6||0||3 - 6|
|1965||Charles White||8||6||0||19 - 19|
|1966||Paul Knight||6||7||0||6 - 7|
|1967||Dick Johnson||11||5||0||Sub-region Champ|
|1968||Dick Johnson||10||6||0||21 - 14|| |
|1987||Eddie Payne||3||11||0||4 - 23|
|1989||Brian Dickens||11||7||0||18 - 16|
|1992||Scott Bradbury||8||14||0||31 - 32|
|1993||Mark Wilson||15||9||0||15 - 9|
|1994||Tommy Knight||21||11||0||Region champ/Elite 8|
|1995||Tommy Knight||18||8||0||Sub-Region Champs|
|1996||Tommy Knight||21||6||0||Sub-Region Champs|
|1998||Chuck Cook||14||14||0||Sweet 16|
|2001||Chuck Cook||23||10||0||Region Champ/Final 4|
|2002||Chuck Cook||25||10||0||Region Champ/Final 4|
|2003||Chuck Cook||15||11||0||127 - 70||Made Playoffs|
|2004||Tommy Knight||14||13||0||Made Playoffs|
|2006||Tommy Knight||22||6||0||Sweet 16|
|2007||Tommy Knight||32||4||0||Region Champ/Final 4|
|2008||Tommy Knight||22||7||0||Region Champ/Elite 8|
|2009||Tommy Knight||22||4||0||Region Champ/Sweet 16|
|2010||Tommy Knight||25||5||0||Region Champ/Sweet 16|
|2012||Tommy Knight||14||13||0||Made Playoffs|
|2013||Tommy Knight||26||4||0||Region Champ/Sweet 16|
|2014||Tommy Knight||21||5||0||Region Champ|
|2015||Tommy Knight||28||8||0||State AAA Runner up|
|2016||Tommy Knight||21||9||0||332 - 123||Region Champ/Sweet 16|
|2017||Tommy Knight||16||14||0||348 - 137||Made Playoffs|
|2018||Tommy Knight||28||12||0||376 - 149||State Champions|
The Tommy Knight Era At Jefferson High School
Knight is native of Americus , Georgia and is a 1983 graduate of Americus High School. He is also a 1987 graduate of Georgia Southwestern College where he was a 4 year starter on the baseball team as a shortstop. He holds a B.S. Recreation, a B.S. in Education, and a M.S. in Education all from GSW. In 1987, he was a 35th round draft choice of the Atlanta Braves. In the fall of 1989 Knight returned to GSW as a graduate assistant, working with baseball and football teams. The next 4 years he spent at Sumter County High School as the Head Baseball Coach and Defensive Coordinator in football. Knight and his family came to Jefferson in 1993 where he was the Head Baseball Coach and Defensive coordinator in football for the next 3 years. The next 7 years were spent as a head baseball coach at the college level. From 1997-1999 he was at LaGrange College where he was named the 1997 Georgia Alabama Conference Coach of the Year, and from 2000-2003 were at Southern Polytechnic State University. Knight returned to Jefferson in 2004 as the Head Baseball Coach. He has also coached in the football and softball programs since his return. His teams at Jefferson have won 9 region titles and 13 of his 15 have been in the state playoffs with a 2015 state runner-up finish. In his career, Knight has recorded over 450 wins. His wife Carol Ann is a 6th grade science teacher at Jefferson Middle School. They have 2 children, Erin-23 and Cathryn- 20 and one grandson Luke, who is 1.
The below picture was the Jackson Herald full-page ad featuring the opening of the 1952 baseball season for Jefferson High School. The first Jefferson Home game was on Friday night, April 11 at Memorial stadium in 1952 versus North Habersham.
The 1952 Dragons represented the first high school team for Jefferson. Up until 1952 jefferson Mills had sponsered a team each year in an Independent State wide league. In the 1951 season Jefferson had fared well in American Legion Play with a 22 - 4 record ( 17 consecutive wins ) and District runnerup under Coach Red Yancey. Before 1951 A Jefferson Mills employee, Alf Anderson, was the coach of the mill basketball team and baseball team. When Coach John Davis came to Jefferson as head football coach and athletic director in September of 1951, he immediately started up a baseball and track program that had not been in place during the 1951 season. Members of the 1952 team that finished the season with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. The pitching star of that team was Luther Wilkes, while Billy Sailors and Locke Potts were the hitting stars.
Members of the team were; L - R in Picture - Locke Potts, Luther Wilkes, Howard Langford, Bucky Johnson, Jimmy McRee, Donald Garrison, Jimmy McMullan and Nelson Tolbert. Back Row; L - R in picture - Coach Billy Henderson, Marvin Hall, Lester Toney, Billy Sailors, Y. D. Maddox, Carl Jennings, Hugh Blackstock and Raymond Adams.
A Jackson Herald Newpaper clip from the early 1952 baseball season. This clip shows the first Jefferson home baseball game box score versus North Habersham back in 1952. Click on the picture to enlarge and click again on enlargement to super-enlarge photo.
The 1953 Jefferson Dragons - L - R Front Row - Locke Potts, Wayne Wages, Hale Duke, Tommy Henderson, Howard Langford, Eugene Doster, 2nd row - Bobby Davis, Bucky Johnson, Charles Middlebrooks, Y. D. Maddox, Marvin Hall, Carl Jennings - 3rd Row - Ed Stancil, Coach Billy Henderson, David Middlebrooks and Manager Theron Kesler.
Some of the 1959 Jefferson Dragons - Front Row - L - R - Burton Riddle, Gary Duke, John Kesler, Lynn Brothers. Back Row - L - R - Hillyer Duke, Unknown, Unknown
1964 Dragon Baseball team. First Row ~ Right; Rod Johnson, Rchard Gearin, Johnny Beatty, Joe Turnell, Bob Gilbert, E. Watson, Howard Sauls. Second Row ~ Left to Right; John Davis, Mike Tate, Damon West, Gary Brooks, Jack Wilson, Cecil Buffington and Coach Charles White.
Jefferson Dragons Baseball Finishes AAA State Runner-up After Historic Season
On Saturday, May 23, 2015 - the Jefferson Dragons made their way to Roswell to compete for the first time in school history in the State Baseball Playoff Finals. The Dragons found their way here after a historic run this season that saw them travel all over the state to fight through tough playoff opponents and sometimes even tougher opposing fans. This team never gave up and through a lot of fight earned their way to play defending AAA champ, Blessed Trinity for the State Championship. After the magical run this season, the Dragons fell short of their goals for state title as they fell in two games to the Titans taking the runner-up spot in GHSA AAA Baseball. This night saw the Dragons fight hard aginst a very tough Blessed Trinity team who had only given up a total of 4 runs through the playoff combined. Game 1 went to the Titans by a score of 3-0. Jefferson was only able to manage 4 hits through the game while Blessed Trinity jumped on the board with 2 runs in the 1st inning and another in the 3rd to take the win. Game 2 also saw the Titans win to take the state title, but in a game that turned into a fight down the wire. The Titans gave up 4 runs to the Dragons, but were able to manage 6 runs to hold on and secure the win. Despite falling just short, the Dragons, again, had a historic run this season, nothing to hang their heads about. Getting to the finals for the first time in school history and in their first year as a AAA school. This was a team with lot of fight and truly played as a team all the way around finishing with a 28-8 record (15-3 8AAA). Congratulations to the Jefferson Dragons on their successful 2015 season and we look forward to another run in 2016. We wish the best of luck to our Seniors: #7 Ethan Garner, #9 Jake Franklin, #13 Jared Bates, # 19 Christian Hutch, and #22 Micah Carpenter. May God Bless You and guide you on your new journey in life. Thank you to your contributions to this team. Also a big thank you to Coach Tommy Knight as well as Coach Fowler, Coach Gurley, Coach Veldhuis, and Coach "Swole" Purdue! Appreciate all of your work this season and look forward to next season!