By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
April 14, 2020
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta City School Board voted Tuesday night to name former Colquitt County head football coach Rush Propst as the new head coach for Valdosta High School.
The board voted in favor of Propst, 5-4.
Welcome to Wildcat Nation Coach Rush Propst!— Go Cats! (@GoValdostaCats) April 15, 2020
After an extensive national search and after much deliberation, Coach Rush Propst has been hired to assume the responsibility of serving as the next head football coach of the @vhswildcats . pic.twitter.com/YBPTWWiL3o
"This is not a transitional year," Propst told WCTV shortly after his hiring was official. "We're coming in and we're trying to win a state title in year one."
Propst says it's a job he's always wanted.
"They interviewed me in 2006 and I thought I was going to get it and I didn't," he said.
A seven-time state title winner, five times in Alabama and twice in Georgia, he's looking to bring yet another title to Titletown.
"It's not like [Valdosta] has been bad," he said. "Now have they won back-to-back state championships. It's been a long time since they've done that."
Propst was fired from CCHS in March of last year following a suspension in February of last year due to an internal investigation into "personnel issues."
Valdosta's former head coach, Alan Rodemaker, was fired in late January on a 5-4 vote by the school board.
In three years with the Wildcats, Rodemaker led VHS to a 36-17 record, including a state championship in 2016.
Propst spent 10 years at the helm of Colquitt County, from 2008-2018, and has a 299-92 all time head coaching record at the high school level.
Valdosta is set to play Colquitt County on Friday, September 11 of this season, per MaxPreps.com.
Joey Lamar spoke with Rush Propst shortly after his hiring. Hear from Propst tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.