New Coaches For the Catawba Valley Area
As we begin the 2019 football season, we will cover the Catawba Valley area first. There has been a few moves in the coaching ranks and there also been a classification drop for one team.
In the Northwest Foothills 2A
Fred T Foard says goodbye to Coach Derrick Minor. Who finished his career there with a 18-18 record. He lead the Tigers to a 2nd round playoff appearance in 2017. Replacing Minor is a familiar face to Foard. Ryan Gettys, who coached at Foard from 2003-10 and comes in with a career record of 30-61.
Three time 2AA regional finalists and 2017 state champion Hibriten replaces Clay Lewis who finished with a 95-29 record. Replacing Lewis is Sam Mackey who has no prior head coaching experience but is the son of former South Caldwell head coach and Bandy´s assistant John Mackey. He was also the Panthers defensive coordinator under Lewis.
New to Northwest Foothills 2A is the West Caldwell Warriors (who spent the last 2 seasons in the Northwestern 3A/4A). They also brought a old face back to the Warriors. Replacing De'Vorre Holman who finished 6-17 in 2 seasons is Mike Bickerstaff. He coached the Warriors from 1979 to 1987. He also coached at East Burke in the early 2000´s. He brings in the best win percentage at 134-62 in the Catawba Valley area.
South Fork 2A
West Lincoln replaces Tom Sain who retires with a 50-56 record where he lead the Rebels to a school record of 9 wins. Replacing Sain is Darren Ponder who has one year of head coaching experience at Madison in 2007 where they finished 0-11. Expect Ponder to get his first win soon with a few pieces back from the Rebels 9 win team.
West Lincoln county rival the Lincolnton Wolves replaces Ledford Gibson who finished with a 33-21 record for the Wolves in 3 seasons. Replacing Gibson is Rebuilder Joe Glass. Who enters Lincolnton with a 49-39 record. In 2 seasons he has made JM Robinson and Patton from cellar teams to Playoff teams. Expect the Wolves to return to a winning season this year.
Teams who are not Catawba Valley Area teams but play in the area conferences also made changes
South Fork 2A Lake Norman Charter
Mark Steele 17-39 replaced with former LNC Knights boss Bob McKay who had a career record of 21-24
Northwestern 3A 4A McDowell Titans
Andy Morgan who finished with a record of 11-24 is replaced with Avery County former head coach Darnell Brewer who comes in with a record of 69-71
Expect power rankings and conference projections in the next few weeks here at Carolina Varsity.