Wolfson hires former Georgia Tech corner Step Durham as head football coach

Step Durham of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets reacts to a play during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) (Mike Ehrmann, 2017 Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wolfson filled its head football coaching vacancy with a name area fans should know.

The Wolfpack hired former Georgia Tech cornerback Step Durham IV on Wednesday. Durham, who remains one of the top recruits in Atlantic Coast High School program history, signed with the Yellow Jackets in 2014 and played four seasons there.

Durham played in 29 career games for Georgia Tech, recording 76 total tackles, recovering two fumbles and picking off a pass. He spent time with the Chiefs following being signed as an undrafted free agent.

“I’m very excited,” Durham said. “I’m ready to turn this program around and get the city talking about Wolfson in a positive light.”

Durham inherits a Wolfson program that remains in rebuild mode and enters a rugged new district in the newly formed Metro division. The Wolfpack will play in 2-2A with Bishop Kenny, powerhouse Bolles and Episcopal.

Durham replaces Dennis Bettinger, who resigned last week. Bettinger said in a social media post that his decision “was made due to scheduling differences with the state and the Gateway Conference. My job is players safety and I feel it is not safe to be forced to play certain team.”

Bettinger spent four seasons coaching Wolfson, including a remarkable 7-3 finish in 2019. That mark was its best since 2004 when it won seven games and reached the playoffs. The pandemic hurt Wolfson the following year when it tumbled to 0-8.

The change at Wolfson continues a busy cycle in the Gateway Conference. Since the regular season ended, positions at Mandarin, Ribault, Riverside, Wolfson and Westside

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.