Winter Athletic Season Information

Winter Athletic Season Information

As the fall season concludes we must turn our attention to the winter interscholastic season.  This winter we plan on having the following athletic teams:

  • Varsity Boy’s & Girl’s Basketball
  • Jr. Varsity Boy’s & Girl’s Basketball
  • Varsity Cheerleading
  • Varsity Boy’s & Girl’s Swimming

If your child is interested in participating on any one of these teams please make sure you attend the Winter Parent, Coach, Player meeting on Monday, October 21st at 6pm.  At this meeting you will meet the coaches and hear about the team tryout process and any other important sport specific information.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents whose child makes the basketball or cheerleading teams are required to help at home games.  You can sign up to work either the concession stand or the admission gate.  The Booster Club will be speaking more about this on Oct. 21st.  Thank you in advance for supporting the EDS Panther Athletic Program.

Tryout and Practice Schedule:


  • Tryouts are open to any 6th – 8th graders interested
  • Tryouts are Oct 28, 30, Nov 4 from 3:15 to 5:30
  • Practices will be at EDS on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:30
  • Practices will begin Nov. 4

Head Coach: Courtney Weir,

Assistant Coach: Amanda Martin,


  • No tryouts.
  • Practices will be at Henry Brigham Aquatic Center on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30.
  • The EDS bus will take the swimmers to practice and also return them to EDS after practice for parent pick up at EDS
  • We begin swimming on Oct. 28
  • Swimmers will need to change into their swimsuits at the pool

Head Coach: Katie Frank,


Basic overview – see below for tryout information:

  • Boy’s practices will be at EDS on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:15 and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 to 7:30
  • JV will practice for the first hour and Varsity the second hour
  • Girl’s practices will be at EDS on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:15 to 7:30 and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:15.
  • JV will practice for the first hour and Varsity the second hour

Boy’s Basketball

Head Coach: Matthew Varns,

Assistant Coaches: Andy Heinlein, Lonnie McCallie


  • Oct 28 (revised 10/21)
    • 6th-8th grade boys only from 3:00 to 5:15
  • Oct 29(revised 10/21)
    • 6th-8th grade boys only from 3:00 to 5:15
  • Oct 30
    • TBD.  Tryout session is from 5:15 to 7:30
    • If a practice, V only from 5:15 to 7:30
  • Special note on basketball shoes: the varsity coaches want the boys to wear the same color shoes during the season.  If you are purchasing new basketball shoes please try to buy a predominantly black shoe. This is for the boy’s varsity only.

Girl’s Basketball

Head Coach: Mike Brown,

Assistant Coaches:  Robert Cook, George Dukes

Tryouts: October 28, 29, and 30. No practice or tryouts October 31

  • Oct 28: All girls from 5:15 to 7:30
  • Oct 29: All girls from 5:15 to 7:30
  • Oct 30: All girls from 3:00 to 5:15

Girls Basketball Skill Clinic – open to all females in grades 5 – 8 at EDS

  • Sundays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • From 2 to 4
  • Run by our girl’s basketball coaching staff but also part of the AAU local team, the Georgia Sting

What do you need?

Athletes must wear EDS approved athletic wear for practice and tryouts.  Students should wear athletic shoes for tryouts.  Once basketball teams are formed students must wear proper basketball shoes for optimum protection.  Running shoes are not to be worn once tryouts are over.

Please attend the mandatory winter Parent/ Coach/ Player meeting on Monday, October 21st at 6pm in the gym. More information will be available at that time.  However, should you have any questions before then, feel free to email me at or call me at 706-261-0111.


Jaye Cohen

Jaye Cohen

Director of Athletics, Middle School Physical Education

EDS Faculty since 2013; 21 years prior experience
B.A., English Media, High Point University
M.A., Science in Interscholastic Athletic Administration, Ohio University
C.A.A., National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

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