Georgia Highlands College has appointed David Mathis as the new Director of Athletics. Former Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Phil Gaffney has accepted a position as head coach for Gulf Coast State College’s men’s basketball team in Panama City, Florida. Mathis has been with GHC for 26 years and has been instrumental in leading the athletics program from its inception, serving in an essential capacity as GHC’s assistant director of athletics. Mathis — a 2019 inductee into the Rome/Floyd County Sports Hall of Fame — has since announced that GHC women’s basketball head coach Brandan Harrell will serve as the new assistant athletics director. Jonathan Merritt — an assistant with the men’s basketball program for the past six years — was named new head coach of the Chargers’ men’s team.