Folmar takes Edgewood job, leaving Morgan after one month

Published 8:31 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2016

After only a month in Selma, Morgan head baseball coach and assistant football coach Eric Folmar is leaving for a job many coaches around the state would love to have.

Folmar was called by Edgewood Academy, owner of the nation’s longest high school football winning streak, Saturday, and on Sunday he accepted the job of head football and baseball coach. Folmar is a graduate of Edgewood, and he said if it was any other school in the state, he would have declined and stayed at Morgan.

“Morgan was an unbelievable job, an unbelievable baseball opportunity and it was not an easy decision to leave,” Folmar said. “Had it been any other school, it wouldn’t have happened, but it’s my alma mater back home and it was just something I couldn’t turn down.”

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Folmar moved to Selma three weeks ago, after spending the past two-and-a-half years as the head football and track coach and assistant baseball coach at Southwest Georgia Academy.

He had already started planning for the future at Morgan in football and baseball, but when Edgewood’s head football coach Bobby Carr resigned on June 14 after 15 years coaching the football team, Folmar became a viable replacement.

Morgan headmaster Mark Knight said when Carr stepped down, he thought it could be a possibility that Folmar might get the offer at Edgewood.

“It did enter my mind to be honest because I knew he had gone to Edgewood as a student,” Knight said.

With the chance to extend a 71-game win streak — Edgewood’s last loss was Oct. 22, 2010, against Glenwood — Folmar couldn’t refuse the offer.

Folmar met with Knight and athletic director Josh Thacker — who were both recent hires too — on Monday morning to inform them he’d be moving on to Edgewood. Folmar said both Knight and Thacker took the news well.

“It was an opportunity,” Folmar said.

“It was a head football and head baseball job here at Edgewood, and they understood with it being my alma mater with it being back home, they were completely understanding about it.”

Although Folmar didn’t coach any games at Morgan, he saw promise in the Senators’ baseball team, which was coming off a successful run in the state tournament.

“I told the boys when I left Monday that they’re going to be right there in the thick of things for the next several years in baseball,” Folmar said.

Knight said Morgan is trying to hire Folmar’s replacement by hiring one person who can fill the roles of both head baseball coach and assistant football coach.

On Tuesday, Morgan interviewed three candidates for the job. Knight said there are more scheduled later in the week.

“We’re in a hurry, but we want to make sure we make the right decision moving forward,” Knight said.

Folmar’s stay in Selma turned out to be short-lived, and he might not see Morgan again for a little while. Edgewood isn’t on Morgan’s schedule this season in football.

Despite his sudden departure, Folmar said he believes Morgan will take a step forward in athletics this season.

“They’ve got a great setup, great coaches, great new staff of people there and they’re going to get that thing turned around,” he said.

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Staff writer for The Selma Times-Journal.

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