While best known for his accomplishments on the football field, Ed Pilcher has also distinguished himself throughout Georgia as an effective Athletic Administrator. Pilcher started his coaching career with a successful five-year stint at Early County High School in Blakely, Georgia in 1986. At Early County, Pilcher’s teams compiled a record of 42-17.
In 1991, Pilcher accepted the position as head football coach at Thomas County Central High School where his teams made sixteen consecutive state playoff appearances. During the first seven years of his tenure at Thomas County Central, the football team produced five state championships (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997).
Pilcher spent five years as head football coach at Bainbridge High School where his team made three playoff appearances. Currently, he is the head coach at Berrien County High School in Nashville, Georgia.
Off the field, Pilcher has served as the President of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association and served on the Executive Committee of the Georgia High School Association for six years. Pilcher has been recognized with several awards including the Atlanta Falcons High School Coach of the Year Award and the GACA Lifetime Achievement Award.
As an Athletic Administrator, Coach Pilcher has been a member of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association for twenty-one years and served as President of the organization in 2001. Pilcher was recognized as the Region Athletic Director of the Year four times and was named the State Athletic Director of the Year in 2004.
Coach Pilcher and his wife of forty-four years, Lorraine, have five children and nine grandchildren.