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Thomasville football hires new Offensive Coordinator

Feb. 29—THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Bulldogs have hired Israel Troupe as their new offensive coordinator. Troupe comes from Ware County, who won the 5A state championships in 2022.

Troupe is very familiar with South Georgia football. He played his high school ball at Tifton before playing at the University of Georgia, where he met Thomasville head coach Jonathan DeLay. Troupe has made stops along his coaching path at Colquitt, Monroe, Valdosta and Valwood.

"It just builds our staff. It just gives us a good depth of staff," DeLay said about the hire. "He knows what he's doing, he's real good with kids and getting them developed and getting them bought in and that's what we need here in Thomasville."

Troupe will make his way to Thomasville in the coming weeks, ingraining himself in the school and the program ahead of spring football.

"He's going to be able to start here with us in a couple of weeks. Go ahead and start working at the school, go ahead and be around the kids," DeLay said. "So that's huge when you talk about that we're about to jump into spring ball, so getting everything installed the way we want it. I'm real excited about that."

In addition to taking over play calling duties for the offense, Troupe will coach wide receivers along with current assistant coach Tori Sapp. DeLay believes that the wealth of experience at the collegiate level that Sapp and Troupe bring to the wide receiver room will help them develop their players.

Anybody that's played football at the level that he played in, that's experience that is going to be huge. So, now in our receiver room we've got a guy that graduated after playing six years at Albany State in Tori Sapp. He's a Thomasville guy," said DeLay. "And then you've got a guy that played at the University of Georgia and played the position. So, that's pretty good when you're talking about developing high school receivers. That's two pretty good guys to go and get that done."