Three years ago when Workmon, a volunteer coach, was brought in to supervise the elementary school flag football program, the idea of high school football for a private school that had only 380 students from kindergarten through 12th grade seemed nearly impossible. But after the school supported the changes he made to the flag football program, the proposition did not seem as challenging as it appeared, and Workmon pulled it off.
“I prayed about it and felt it was a strong calling to take the next step,” Workmon said. “Demographics aside, I thought we could pull off a tackle program.”
Workmon, who is the director of business development at 3PD, a delivery company based in Marietta, will be the coach of the Cougars’ middle school team this year, which will make its debut this fall. Next year, he will become the coach of the high school varsity program.
The Cougars will play its first game Saturday against the Georgia Force, a home-school program in Sugar Hill.
His chances of bringing football to the school were looking good when he raised the attendance of flag football games by organizing the players into four intermural teams, supplying uniforms and logos, a PA announcer and concession stands. The changes he made brought 125 to 175 students to games.
“That’s when it dawned on him what a great community event football can be at this school,” said Workmon, who played for James “Friday” Richards at Marietta High School before graduating in 1999.
Workmon, with help from one assistant coach, Cary Edwards, went to work by sending out fliers and emails. He also went to the school and talked to students. A week before deadline set by the Glory for Christ Football League, only had nine players sign up when he needed at least 11 and did more recruiting. Eight more kids got on board the final week and football was green-lighted.
“We got lucky, the kids came,” Workmon said. “We had spring football (last spring), it was great and we picked up three more coaches. Over the summer, we picked up five additional players. This is the first fall we will have a tackle team. Without school and demographics, this was unexpected.”
Workmon, who now has a full coaching staff, said money was raised to fund a program through sponsorships.