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Bainbridge High School Welcomes Coach Jay Walls as New Head Football Coach

Bainbridge High School Welcomes Coach Jay Walls as New Head Football Coach
Amy Thomas

Bainbridge High School proudly announces the selection of Coach Jay Walls as the new Head Football Coach for the Bearcats. Coach Walls was approved at a called Board of Education meeting on Friday afternoon. With an impressive coaching career spanning twenty-seven seasons, Coach Walls brings a wealth of experience, dedication, and a proven track record of success to the program.

In expressing his gratitude for the opportunity, Coach Walls stated, "First, I would like to thank Superintendent Dr. Boyd English, the Decatur County School Board of Education, Principal Dr. Chris Merritt, and the Bainbridge High School Administration for giving me this great opportunity as the Head Football Coach at Bainbridge High School. It is sincerely an honor, a privilege, and a dream come true for me and my family to be able to return to my home state and become a part of the Bainbridge Bearcat community!"

Coach Walls' accomplishments speak volumes about his success throughout his career. He has an overall record of 205-104 at high schools including Suwannee High School, Tift County High School, and Navarre High School. He has led teams to twenty-one playoff appearances out of twenty-seven years as a head Coach. Notable achievements include multiple district and regional championships and being recognized as Coach of the Year by various prestigious organizations. Coach Walls has had twenty-seven players sign Division I football scholarships as a head coach.

Coach Walls is supported by his wife, Amy, an educator and a native of Tallahassee, Florida. Amy is a proud graduate of Florida State University. Together, they have three daughters: Lindsey Gilbert, who resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband Greg Gilbert and their grandchildren Greyson and Merritt; Lauren Backus, who lives in Panama City, Florida, with her husband Tim Backus and their grandchildren Jackson and Anne-Marie; and Aubrey Walls, currently pursuing her studies at Pensacola State College.


Bainbridge High School is thrilled to welcome Coach Jay Walls to the Bearcat family and looks forward to an exciting new chapter in Bearcat football.