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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County athletic director will be honored as the Region 5-AAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in Svannah later this month.

Douglas County athletics director Albert Lindsey was named the Region 5-AAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year.

The honor was voted on by the other athletic directors in the region. It is the second straight year that an athletic director from the county has received that honor.

Last year, Chris Small of Alexander was chosen for the same award in the region.

“This is a very big deal because it is selected by your peers in the region,” Lindsey said. “I’m very honored to have been chosen.”

Lindsey and the other athletic director chosen in their respective regions will be honored on March 26 at the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Conference in Savannah.

The banquet will take place at 8 a.m. at the Desoto Hotel.

“I was definitely surprisingly shocked when I got the notification,” Lindsey said. “It is very flattering for your colleagues to thing highly of you to get chosen.”

The Tigers athletic program is enjoying a stellar school year in the athletic arena. All the fall sports reached the postseason with football having the greatest success.

Douglas County finished as region runner-up in football and reached the second round of the state playoffs.

During the winter sports season, both basketball teams reached the postseason with the girls’ program winning its third straight region title.

Douglas County advanced to the state semifinals for the second time in three seasons.

“Coach Lindsey has done a great job in providing leadership for the athletic program,” boy’s basketball coach Hollis Bethea said. “He is a good person and is very supportive of all the sports. I couldn’t ask for a better person in that position.”

Tigers football coach Johnny White shared the same sentiments.

“This is the best working situation that I’ve been in,” said White, who is in his second year at Douglas County. “I love his work ethic and what he does to support the team. It is always a good situation when your athletic director and principal are your biggest cheerleaders.”

White was previously a defensive assistant at Langston Hughes after spending three years as head coach at Creekside. Before getting the head coaching job at Creekside, he was a longtime defensive coordinator at the Fairburn school.

“Because of the support I get from Mr. Lindsey and (principal Andre Weaver) Mr. Weaver, it is going to be tough leading here,” White said. “Mr. Lindsey is a big reason I decided to come here. It is definitely a good situation.”

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