Russ Murray, head football coach, announced at last week’s baseball game that Folkston native and pro-footballer Joe Hagins was hired as the new defense coordinator. Hagins first day was Tuesday, and his first game will be a scrimmage this Friday.

After graduating from Charlton County High School, Hagins attended Purdue University from 1993-1996 where he played linebacker, safety, running back and returner on special teams.

He signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after graduation and played three consecutive seasons with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and resulted with 71 career defensive tackles.

Hagins extensive 20-plus years in coaching includes a coaching staff position at McGill University, a defensive assistant and special teams coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, an assistant coach for the Canada Prep Football Academy and a defensive coordinator/special teams coach for the Hamilton Ironmen of the Ontario Varsity Football League.

Murray believes Hagins will be a great asset to the high school’s football team, along with the community itself. In addition to his experience in collegiate and professional football, Hagins is also remembered to have been a well-known CCHS student with good character.