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Legendary Lowndes football coach Joe Wilson dies

Coach Joe Wilson, who turned the Lowndes High School football team into a championship program and helped revive the cross-town rivalry with Valdosta, has died. (Photo: Lowndes County Schools)
Coach Joe Wilson, who turned the Lowndes High School football team into a championship program and helped revive the cross-town rivalry with Valdosta, has died. (Photo: Lowndes County Schools)(WCTV)
Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 11:17 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness Sports

June 9, 2020

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) – Coach Joe Wilson, who turned the Lowndes High School football team into a championship program and helped revive the cross-town rivalry with Valdosta, has died.

The district announced Wilson’s passing on its

.

Wilson was first hired in 1976 to turn around a Vikings football program that never had a winning record. The team showed immediate improvement, with an 8-2 record his first year at the helm.

The next year, Lowndes beat Valdosta in the Winnersville Classic. The Vikings went on to win two region championships and a state championship under Wilson. His overall record was 95-49.

In 2019, the field at Martin Stadium was named in his honor for Wilson’s many contributions to the Lowndes football program.

The school district says funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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