Shane Williamson is swapping one set of Bulldogs for another.
Williamson, who has helmed the Toombs County Bulldogs football program since 2008, has been hired as the new head football coach at Forsyth Central.
Williamson, 40, has a 66-53-2 career record that also includes a stint at Swainsboro High School.
He replaces Chris Bennett, who resigned in November, and takes over a Central Bulldogs program that has not reached the playoffs or had a winning season since leaving Class 3A in 2001.
"He possessed the most qualities that we were looking for — multiple years of head coaching experience, a winning record as head coach and being able to [reach the playoffs]," said Central athletic director Mike Woodard, who went through more than 100 applicants.
"From a personal standpoint, he fits the mold of all our coaches at Central — very good, family [oriented individuals] and role models. He has the quality and experience to rolls up his sleeves and go to work."
Williamson has complied a 24-29 overall record at Class 2A Toombs County in Lyons, where he advanced to the state quarterfinals in his first season.
He previously served as head coach at Swainsboro, where he went 42-24-2 and advanced to the state playoffs in every season but one. He was named Region Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2007.
Williamson graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in technology education and earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.
The goal for Williamson at Central is simple — build a program with a mindset of winning.
"I want them to have a competitive, winning program," Williamson said. "We’re going to do things the right way. Some schools never talk about state championships, but we’re going to.
"This isn’t an overnight process. It’s an intriguing job. [I have to] get the players’ mindset to change."