Greene County football can now be found on Instagram and Twitter
This story appears in the 2018 Smith Communications Inc. Football Preview Section, available inside the Aug. 23-24 editions of Lake Oconee News, The Eatonton Messenger and The Baldwin Bulletin.
It will be much easier for Greene County football fans to follow the Tigers this season.
A few months ago, the team launched official accounts on both Instagram and Twitter, two of the world’s most popular social media platforms.
Greene inside linebackers coach Bob Finch runs both accounts. He said the impetus behind the creation of the two social media channels was to help get the program caught up with the times and make it more convenient for its supporters to follow along from summer workouts through the season.
“It's a big thing now,” Finch said. “It's just how you're expected to communicate. It's a valuable tool with communicating with your players but not just with them – with your fans, with your parents, with the community. We don't restrict it. It's wide-open. Anybody can follow our Twitter account, anybody can follow our Instagram account.”
The Tigers’ Instagram account can be found by searching “Greene County Football.” To find their Twitter feed, search “@GCTigersFB.”
Head coach Larry Milligan said he himself does not have any control over the accounts.
However, Finch and the other assistant coaches who sometimes post things typically run the social media posts by him, meaning the team’s increased presence online is a joint effort.
“Coach Finch is running it and he's also, along with the other coaches, taking care of doing things like getting pictures on it and all that,” Milligan said. “They tell me what they're doing. As long as it's not something out of the way, then, yes, we're involved.”
Greene’s season will not begin until Aug. 24 at Morgan County. Although the Tigers have not been in action, with the exception of two scrimmages against Athens Christian and Crawford County, Finch and the other coaches have remained active on social media.
Throughout the summer, several pictures and videos of various workouts were posted. Although posts of that nature may not draw as much attention as the Tigers will once the season begins, the players have already enjoyed the increased exposure.
“[Finch will] probably get us a picture or video while we're working,” said quarterback C’Darius Kelley. “He doesn't really say that much to us about it. We'll just see it, go like it, tell other folks to go like it and they check us out on social media.”
The coaches post encouraging photos and videos in an effort to promote the good things about the program.
Kelley said he thinks that is a good thing because it allows people on the outside to see effort he and his teammates put into the game.
“It's definitely new for us, but it doesn't really change much for us,” he said. “It's just getting us out there and letting people know that we are working and doing what we're supposed to do at practice and stuff.”
But behind the scenes, there is sometimes a little ribbing going on, too.
“We don't post certain things on there,” Milligan said, leading into a joke. “We'll video a kid maybe doing a power clean in the weight room and it's terrible technique. We'll say, 'Look, do you want us to post this on Instagram?' 'No, no coach.' We use it in different ways – positive and negative – but I think those kids get excited. I know they talk about it all the time. 'Did you see me on Instagram when I was doing those runs,' or whatever. I think it's good.”
As of Aug. 13, the team’s Twitter account had 80 followers. Its Instagram account had more than double that total at 164.
Finch said he expects traction on the pages to increase as the season progresses. He said if parents or other community supporters wish to submit photos and videos to be posted on the sites, they can feel free to send them his way.
“The players love that kind of stuff,” Finch said. “Right now, it's all been just summer workouts, but I try to get some weight room video and that seems to be popular. Everybody likes seeing themselves perform.”