GMC News

Burks and Williams Honored by American Football Monthly Magazine

The August issue of American Football Monthly named Bert Williams one of the elite “2004 Hot Coaches.” The magazine states, “At each level of football is a listing of the have, the have-nots, and those on the rise. This fall the listing of those ‘on the rise’ seems stronger than ever before. Included is our annual listing of the cream of the crop – those destined for a great season and a greater career.”

In addition, Taylor Burks was named the American Football Magazine 2003 Defensive Coordinator of the Year. Coach Burks is entering his seventh season with the Bulldogs and his third as defensive coordinator. He is from Dyersburg, Tennessee and is a graduate of Mississippi State University. His prior coaching experience includes Austin Peay State University, Spring 1994; Dyersburg High School, 1994-95; East Mississippi Community College, Fall 1995; and the University of Mississippi, Spring 1996. While coaching at Georgia Military College 1996-98, he completed his master’s degree from Georgia College and State University. During the 1999 and 2000 seasons, he was the Defensive Coordinator at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida. Upon returning to GMC, he served as the Linebacker Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for the 2001 season. He was an integral part of the Bulldogs setting an all-time national record for total defense that season. After taking over of the defense in 2002, he kept the Bulldogs right on track, finishing the year as the #1 defense in the nation. During the 2003 season, the Bulldog defense continued success by finishing #3 in the nation. Coach Burks is married to the former Emily Leslie of Murray, Kentucky.