Sequoyah hired former Georgia College coach Jason Eller to lead its baseball program.
Eller won 113 games at Georgia College during his four seasons as coach. He was the 2018 Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year. His teams won back-to-back PBC tournament championships in 2017 and 2018, and the 2018 team won the PBC regular-season title with a program-record 26 conference wins.
Eller also guided the program to two appearances in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
In 2020, Georgia College was 13-2 before the remainder of the spring schedule was canceled due to the coronavirus.
Eller replaces former coach Lane Whitley, who led the Sequoyah program the last three seasons.
“What an honor it is to be the new head coach at Sequoyah High School,” Eller said in a release. “We have always had the dream of being a part of one of the teams playing in the state championship, in front of students, alumni, and community members, and today begins the process of that dream. My family and I are super excited to be a part of the Sequoyah Chiefs’ family and members of the Cherokee County community.”
Eller is a Kennesaw native and a 1991 Sprayberry High School graduate. He resigned his position with Georgia College in May, telling Macon’s WMGT-TV he wanted to bring his family back to the Kennesaw area to better take care of loved ones.
In addition to Georgia College, Eller spent 11 seasons as an assistant at Georgia and three seasons as head coach at Augusta University.
The Cherokee County school board approved the hiring of Eller, who will also serve as a physical education teacher at Sequoyah.
“He brings 20-plus years of collegiate experience to our program and community, and we are very excited with this hiring,” Sequoyah principal Robert Van Alstyne said in the release.
The 2021 season begins for Sequoyah on Feb. 19 against Kennesaw Mountain.