Legendary Lowndes football coach Joe Wilson dies
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.