Tommy Stringer retired in 2014 after serving as Loganville High School’s Director of Athletics for twenty-six years, fifteen of those years spent as the “Red Devils” head football coach. Born and raised in Highland Home, Alabama, Tommy was a graduate of the local school then entered Troy University and then to Georgia State University where he received his Master’s Degree. Forty-seven of his fifty-five years in education were concentrated in the role of Athletics Director. As the Director of Athletics at Loganville High School he was responsible for renovating the football stadium/track (1990) and the baseball field (1991 & 2001). Tommy designed and provided oversight for the construction of Loganville’s new football stadium and track (2007) and also the new baseball facility in 2015.
As a long- time member of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) Tommy treasured the life-lessons that could be learned through sports. He made it his aim and goal as an Athletics Director to hire the very best coaches for the athletes and to provide them with the resources to be successful. Due to his passion to provide as many opportunities for students to participate in athletics, Tommy was able to expand the sports offered by adding wrestling, swimming, competition cheerleading, volleyball, fast pitch softball, cross-country and soccer.
Coach Stringer is of course known for his accomplishments as a football coach and for his years of dedication and service as a member of the Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee. As a football coach Tommy walked away having won numerous football Coach of the Year awards. He was recognized as the recipient of the R. L. (Shorty) Doyal Award of Excellence presented by the Boys High School Alumni Association in recognition of his coaching expertise. He also received the Wayman Creel Coach of the Year award and became a two-time recipient of the Georgie Crews Coach of the Year (1986 & 1988). Tommy served as Head Coach of the Georgia team in the Georgia/Florida All-Star Game and filled the role of Head Coach of the North team in the North/South All-Star Game.
When one considers the totality of Tommy Stringer’s fifty-five-year career in education and all his years of service through the various athletic state associations one can’t help but reflect on the tremendous influence he has had on so many…not just for the student athletes in the local community of Loganville but also for student athletes all across the State of Georgia. Welcome to the GADA’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Tommy. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many.
Coach Stringer has been married for 55 years to Sybil Faulk Stringer of Highland Home, Alabama. They have one daughter, Suzanne Houser and two grandsons, Chip and Matt Houser.