A Sandy Creek alum and a longtime assistant at Fayette County High, Earl Caruthers is taking the reins of the Newnan Lady Cougars.

New beginnings is the name of the game for Earl Caruthers and the Newnan Lady Cougars. The Caruthers name has long be synonymous with success in Fayette County, but Coach Caruthers is ready to do some winning in Coweta as the new head varsity girls coach at 7A Newnan High School.

For the multi-sport star from Sandy Creek and a assistant coach at Fayette County High for more than a decade, it’s a new challenge he’s excited to tackle. After head coaching stops at Therrell and KIPP Atlanta and a season as an assistant at Mundy’s Mill, Caruthers is excited to be back closer to his Fayetteville home.

“Life at Newnan is pretty good,” Caruthers said. “It feels great to be back in the area.”

Newnan went just 8-17 last year and graduated eight seniors from the team, leaving Caruthers a blank slate to work with.

“I can come in and implement my program and my expectations,” he said. “We’ll build from there and make it and mold it into what we need it to be.”

Caruthers had just one senior, Noel Butts, working with the team over the summer, and he’s looking at four freshman on his varsity roster, with two in the mix to start.

“We’re coming in very new and very young,” he said.

He won’t shy away from high expectations. It starts with improving the team’s win total, and with that comes a better region record and a better seed for the region tourney. That sets the table to punch a ticket back to the state playoffs.

“Our goal is always to get one of those four spots to make the state tournament.”

He relishes the chance for his young Cougars to cut their teeth in a challenging region that includes defending champion Westlake.

“It’s a very tough and challenging schedule, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Bringing a bit of that old Patriot magic with him, Earl Caruthers will have the Lady Cougars ready on the hunt in no time.