MOULTRIE -- New Colquitt County High head football coach Tim Cokely has named his two coordinators and could have his entire staff set by as early as next Tuesday.

Already working at the high school is Ryan Smith, the Packers new defensive coordinator.

And on Tuesday, Barney Myers will start his duties as offensive coordinator.

Smith played his college football at Valdosta State and worked as a graduate assistant there for one season.

From Valdosta State, he returned to his alma mater, Taylor County (Fla.) High School, where he was an assistant coach for two seasons.

The last two years, he was Cokely's defensive coordinator at North Florida Christian.

Smith will coach the defensive line and also is overseeing the team's strength and conditioning program.

"He's a good one," Cokely said of Smith. "And he's a typical weight room guy. He's got a lot of energy.

"And he's got his hands full."

The weight program, which includes 6 a.m. workouts, has been well-attended, Cokely said.

On Tuesday, 105 players in grades 10 through 12 showed up to lift.

"That's a real good number," Cokely said. "And I'm sure there will be more.

"The kids are working hard. I don't have any magic potion. The only magic potion is hard work."

Cokely said he expected some 125 to turn out for May's 10 days of spring football practice.

Myers will bring nearly 30 years of coaching experience to Colquitt County. A quarterback at Chamberlain High in Tampa, Myers went on to play at Appalachian State.

Over the last nine seasons, he has been on staffs that have won nine district championships and four state championships.

Myers coached four years under Cokely at North Florida Christian and also was an assistant at Madison County (Fla.) High under current Lowndes High coach Randy McPherson.

Last season, Myers coached the quarterbacks at Tallahassee's Leon High under head coach Wade Rollinson.

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