Tift Co Coach passes away

Courtesy of Tift County Schools

(TIFT COUNTY, Ga)- Longtime high school football and basketball coach Anthony Bateman passed away from a heart attack at a basketball tournament over the weekend.

Bateman coached both teams for more than 20 years, helping lead the boys’ basketball team to three state championships.

South Georgia TV reached out to Tift County Schools for a statement.

Tift County Schools Spokesperson, Johnathan Judy tells us, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved Coach, Anthony Bateman. Coach Bateman’s place in Tift County is irreplaceable, he’s had a tremendous impact on so many people here. Our community mourns together at the passing of such a good man.”