Tifton Gazette


March 27, 2014

Nobles getting accustomed to Irwin red

TIFTON — As the head coach of Union County (Fla.) and as an assistant at Fitzgerald High, Buddy Nobles was always around purple and gold.

But things have changed for Nobles since he became the head coach of the Irwin County Indians – he now has a penchant for red.

“Being a Florida Gators fan, I jokingly told someone I can love red as long as there is no (Georgia) ‘G’ on it,” Nobles said with a laugh.

While the colors help identify the players on the field, the players wearing the colors are what Nobles says he is interested in at the Ocilla school.

“So far has been great, we have had a lot of players showing up after school to work out,” Nobles said. “The kids have responded great to what we are doing. The coaches are fired up and we are excited.”

Nobles added that he has kept the entire coaching staff in place who worked under previous Irwin head coach Jon Lindsey.

“I have hired one new assistant, but I can’t announce him yet, because he hasn’t told his current school he is leaving,” said Nobles.

Nobles and his staff will be working his new players out for the first time during spring practice May 5.

“I just hope it is a good time, but I am certain we could have some guys out for the baseball playoffs and track,” said Nobles.

That was not as big of a problem at Nobles’ previous coaching position at Coffee High, where he was an assistant under Robby Pruitt.

“That’s the big difference between my time at Coffee and here,” said Nobles. “At Coffee we may have had three quarterbacks, so if even if one was playing a spring sport, we knew we had the other two players to work with.”

While Nobles and his staff prepare for spring workouts, the coach will keep getting adjusted to red and Ocilla and Irwin County will keep getting adjusted to him.

“I am really excited on how the community has accepted me,” said Nobles. “We can’t wait until fall to be on the field for them.”


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