Coach McFather became the head football coach of Randolph-Clay High School in 2009, and had his first winning season the following year in 2010. Since, McFather has led the Randolph-Clay football program to five seasons with five or more wins, two play-off berths in 2015 and 2016, and a region championship in 2015, as well as being named the 2015 GHSA Region 1-A Football Coach of the Year.
McFather was also honored as the 2015-2016 GHSA State Class-A Athletic Director of the Year, as well as the 2015-2016 GHSA Region 1-A Athletic Director of the Year. Under McFather’s direction, Randolph-Clay’s athletic program has earned eight total region championships in football, boys’ basketball, and girls’ basketball, fourteen playoff appearances in team sports and one GHSA Class A State Championship with the 2014 Lady Devil’s basketball team.
McFather started his football coaching career at Randolph-Clay High School as an assistant coach in 1987 under former Randolph-Clay head football coach Otis Griggs. In 1998, he would become an assistant coach under Eric Soliday at Henry County High School in McDonough, GA, and was promoted to head football coach the following year. In 2001, Coach McFather became the head coach of Lanier County High School’s football program in Lakeland, GA, where he spent eight years, earning four seasons with five or more wins and play-off berths in 2001 and 2005, before returning to his alma mater in Cuthbert in 2009.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Southwest Georgia Academy and becoming the head football coach,” Coach Daniel McFather explained. “The Lord has really blessed me with this opportunity, and I look forward to getting to work with the players and seeing what God has in store for the upcoming season. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but I look forward to it, and look forward to seeing the players at SGA develop as athletes and young men.”