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Oconee County High School Gets New Head Football Coach

The new coach comes from a successful program in Stephens County.

Travis Noland's resume.
Travis Noland's resume.
By Brook Whitmire 

Travis Noland will be the next head football coach at Oconee County High School. OCHS Principal Sheila Beckham announced her selection of Noland following the approval of his employment by the Oconee County Board of Education as a teacher at the school.

“I am excited about the future of Warrior football under the direction of Travis Noland,” said Beckham. “We had a terrific response to the position announcement, with over 100 individuals expressing interest in the job. There were many attractive candidates with very impressive backgrounds, but Coach Noland rose to the top. He is a man of high integrity, and a proven winner as a head coach. I look forward to Coach Noland and his family joining the OCHS family and community.”

For the last nine seasons, Noland has served as head football coach at Stephens County High School, compiling a record of 73-30. Under his leadership, the Indians reached the state playoffs in eight of those nine seasons, winning three consecutive region championships and one co- championship from 2005-2008. Noland was named 8-AAA coach of the year in 2007 and 2008, and 8-AAA athletic director of the year in 2008, 2010 and 2011. 

Prior to his service at Stephens County, Noland held two head coaching jobs in North Carolina, rebuilding both programs from previous losing records. He led Tuscola High School in Waynesville from 2003-2005, reaching the state playoffs in two of those seasons and compiling a record of 17-6. From 1998-2003, he was head football coach at Clyde Erwin High School in Asheville, with an overall mark of 29-26 and three trips to the state playoffs. Noland’s overall head coaching record is 119-62. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where he played quarterback on the football team.

“I am honored to be the head football coach at Oconee County High School,” said Noland. I look forward to working with the youth of Oconee County and the opportunity to build the football program. Our family is excited about becoming a part of the Oconee community.” 

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