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Coach Joe Striplin to fill vacancy as head football coach at East Gadsden

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By Terrance Chisolm

After orchestrating an historic 10-2 season at West Gadsden including a play-off appearance, Coach Joey Striplin has been chosen as the new head coach at East Gadsden. The vacancy  was a result of Coach Corey Fuller’s move to Godby High School in Tallahassee.
This past Monday marked the start of Striplin’s journey. Aside from the coaching change, it is also proposed that  East and West Gadsden will merge into one high school in the near future.  
Striplin said he is bringing his coaching staff over with him. which include defensive coordinator Stan Nealy, linebackers coach Donnie Young, and offensive line coach Mike Pratt. In addition to the aforementioned coaches East Gadsden’s new gridiron leader has also added Jean Debady, and will look to hire a few more.
Striplin is aware of the high expectations within the community when it comes to football, and as opposed to being nervous, he and his staff are eager to get started.
“That’s what I like about Quincy,” Striplin said. “The people expect to see a good product on the field. We are anxious to get started, and the kids are fired up. We want to build on that
energy.”
During his first few months on campus, Joey has plans to “build trust with his players, and get them in the weight room so that they can get stronger.”
 The Jaguar’s new leader is optimistic that he will be able to retain some of his impact players from this past season, including juniors Dentarrious Yon and Sammie Carter.  
Striplin also acknowledged Fuller for all the work he put toward getting the program rerouted in the right direction.
“He definitely did a good job with the kids, in regards to getting them ready to play,” he said. “It always helps to have a coach that knows the game. He also did a great job with fixing up the facility.”
As a final point Striplin spoke on the importance of having community support during this transitional phase: “I want the community to come out a support the team. We are gonna have more meetings with the parents as well. People are gonna have their eye on Quincy because of the merge, and will be looking to see what type of team they’ll be facing.”
Best of luck to East Gadsden’s newly appointed coach, and the entire Jag Nation!