Zach Grage didn’t have to go far to find his next head high school football coaching position.
The Lowndes County School Board voted to hire Grage as the new head football Coach and Director of Football Operations for Lowndes County Schools on Tuesday.
According to a news release from Lowndes County Schools, Grage has 15 years of coaching experience at the high school level and most recently served as head coach of the Thomasville High School Bulldogs for the past six years. There, he took over a program that went 1-8 in their previous season. He ended with a record of 53-23 at Thomasville with multiple playoff appearances in the last five years. The Bulldogs won the region in 2017, 2018, and 2021 with a region record of 23-4. Four of his teams went to the quarterfinals or further with the 2021 team making a state championship game appearance.
Grage’s career began his career in Richmond Hill in 2006 as a baseball coach. He joined the football staff and quickly moved up, serving as offensive coordinator in 2009 before leaving for Colquitt County.
At Colquitt County, Grage coached varsity football as well as serving as the varsity baseball pitching coach. In football, he served in many capacities including strength and conditioning coordinator (2013-14) and offensive coordinator. As offensive coordinator in 2014, his Colquitt County team set the state record in the highest classification for points scored with 687. His 2014 team finished undefeated in winning the Georgia 6A state championship.
Before assuming the Thomasville City head coach position in 2016, Grage coached one year as the head coach at Gilmer High School in Ellijay, Georgia.
Grage’s move to Lowndes County began earlier Tuesday.
Thomasville High School posted a job opening for a new head football coach, confirming that Zach Grage will be leaving the position Tuesday.
“Thomasville High School is thankful to Coach Zach Grage and his family for the leadership they have provided our football program over the last six seasons. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors,” Thomasville Athletic Director Jeremy Rayburn said.
Offensive Coordinator and long time staff member Jonathan DeLay has been named interim head coach until a new coach is found, according to Rayburn.
“We plan to move quickly, but will be diligent in the process to find the next Head Football Coach in our storied program’s history,” Rayburn said.
The job has been posted and applicants can apply via the Thomasville City Schools website or TeachGeorgia.org.