Georgia Highlands College welcomed Philip Gaffney in August as the collegeâ€™s new athletics director.Â Gaffney comes to GHC from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina, where he held the position of athletics director since 2005.Â He also coached menâ€™s basketball at GTCC, as well as Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland.
During Gaffneyâ€™s tenure at Guilford, three of his four teams earned national rankings and won three regional championships.Â Two of his athletes became All-Americans.Â In all, his coaching amassed more than 20 wins a season over a 17-year span, including a top-five national ranking for the three colleges with which he was affiliated.Â In that time, he has coached six junior college All-Americans and eight Region Players of the Year.
GHC announced in March that the college would begin a competitive athletics program in the 2011-2012 academic year. Â The program commences with menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball at the Floyd campus.Â Gaffney will spend the rest of this academic year recruiting players to begin competitive play next year.Â Later, the college has plans to extend competitive athletics to Cartersville.Â That campus is currently building a student center that will house a basketball court, suspended running tracks and weight and cardio rooms.Â The institution is also looking at the possibility of adding baseball to the offerings at Cartersville.
Gaffney holds a Bachelor of Science in physical education from the State University of New York College at Brockport.