Coaches join staff at SHS

By Anthony Rhoads

Stockbridge High School has two new head coaches to take over for Bill Pate who was head coach of the baseball and girls' basketball teams.

Tondra Irby will be coaching girls basketball. She previously was an assistant at Statesboro and Screven County. She played at Georgia Southern.

Ronnie Boggs will be coaching baseball and comes from Forsyth Central, where he was an assistant.

"Both are already here at the school and they're doing a very good job," Stockbridge athletic director Mark Andrews said. "They're young and enthusiastic and I think they'll fit in with the school."

Pate guided Stockbridge to the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs in 2001. The team made it to the quarterfinals before falling to Hardaway.

The Tigers returned to state this season and fell to Coffee County in the first round.

Pate had been head coach of the girls basketball team since the 1999-2000 season.

Before coming to Stockbridge, Pate coached baseball at Lowndes High School. At Lowdnes, he coached current Atlanta Braves outfielder J.D. Drew.

Pate has accepted a job at Crisp County in Cordele where he will coach the girls' softball team.

"We have some very fond memories of our days at Stockbridge," said Pate.