2017-04-19 / Front Page

Harvin to lead Bobcats

Joel Harvin Joel Harvin Former Bobcat quarterback Joel Harvin was named the Bobcat’s new head coach at last week’s Board of Education meeting, concluding the first search for a head coach in over 16 years.

That search led to the hiring of another former Bobcat quarterback, Trey Woolf, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Harvin quarterbacked Woolf’s first team in 2001 to the state championship game as a sophomore, losing to Region 1-AA rival Americus.

Ironically, he played his freshman year under head coach Harry Wayne Parrish who was head coach of the Northview Cougars before beginning his 10-year head coaching stint with the Bobcats.

Beginning that sophomore year the Bobcats went 13-2, 12-2 and 12-1. with Harvin earning Dothan Eagle Super 12 honors along the way.

Harvin played one year at Valdosta State University. After graduating VSU, he became an assistant at Northview.

The 2004 ECHS graduate will also serve as athletic director. He has been an assistant coach the past six years at Northview High School in Dothan, serving as offensive coordinator the past four seasons.

According to an article in the April 12 Dothan Eagle, Harvin helped develop three quarterbacks that signed with Division I programs (Jalen Harris, Troy; Kalen Whitlow, Western Carolina and Tyler Marshall, UAB). In 2015, his Cougar offense set a school record scoring 319 points.

Anthony Yarbrough, who begins his first year as ECHS principal next fall, led the search for a new head coach. He stated in the DE article Harvin being an alumnus and former Bobcat didn’t really factor into the decision to hire him, but added, “It is a bonus. The community knows him.”

“It is exciting to return to Early County,” Harvin told Eagle sportswriter David Mundee. “When I grew up playing at Early County, I knew how much the community invested in football.”

Joel’s wife, Jessica, also a graduate of Valdosta State University, is a kindergarten teacher at Early County Elementary School. Joel and Jessica have one son, Pate who will be two in June.

Joel is the son of Graham and Camille Harvin of Blakely.

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