Richmond Senior football holds meeting, introduces coaching staff


By Leon Hargrove Jr. - lhargrove@civitasmedia.com



Contributed by Jimmy McDonald The Richmond Senior football team is making sure everyone is on the same page as it prepares for spring and summer practices.


ROCKINGHAM — A lot of information, in regards to the upcoming football season, was shared at a parent meeting held in the Richmond Senior cafeteria Wednesday evening.

First-year varsity head coach Bryan Till went over the new-look coaching staffs, brought attention to some key dates in the near future, talked about player eligibity and more. It was important, Till said, for everyone who attended to get a better understanding of how the summer will unfold and what the team is doing in order to play at a high level this fall.

“I think it went extremely well and I was pleased with the turnout at the meeting. It allowed people to see everything it takes to be good,” he explained. “We can’t just show up and win state championships. We’ve got to put the work and the time in.”

Greg Williams, who was the offensive coordinator of the 2008 team that won the state title, has made his return. He will now operate as the assistant head coach of the offense. Brad Denson is now the team’s offensive coordinator, Hal Shuler is the assistant head coach of the defense and Till will be the defensive coordinator.

For the junior varsity team, Patrick Hope will now serve as the head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Mike McClure will coach the JV defense, while former head coach William Fly will be in charge of the defensive line.

Al Reams remains head coach of the Ninth-Grade Academy’s team, and he’s also the defensive coordinator and the linebackers coach. Bryan Hinson will call the plays for the team’s offense, Deion Green will be in charge of the defensive backs and Donald Pettigrew will oversee the defensive line.

“I’m really excited. I think, top to bottom, it’s as good a coaching staff that we could’ve put together,” Till said. “I think our JV staff could be a lot of people’s varsity staff. And our varsity staff brings a great wealth of experience and a ton of loyalty to our program. It’s just a blessing to be at a place where the tradition has been so strong.”

Spring practice starts Monday, May 15 and will go until Friday, May 26. Players can receive physicals on Thursday, June 1 and Sunday, June 4 before summer workouts begin Monday, June 12.

VARSITY COACHING STAFF

Bryan Till – Head coach / Defensive coordinator

Greg Williams – Assistant head coach (Offense) / Wide receivers

Hal Shuler – Assistant head coach (Defense)

Brad Denson – Offensive Coordinator / Running backs

Andy Shuler – Wide receivers

Milton Swinnie – Defensive line

Kemphis McSween – Offensive line

Eric Gould – Defensive backs

Jay Jones – Quarterbacks

Andrae Jacobs – Linebackers

Chris Larsen – Kickers

JV COACHING STAFF

Pat Hope – Head coach / Offensive coordinator / Offensive line

Mike McClure – Defensive coordinator / Inside linebackers

Ernie Purnesly – Wide receivers

Justin Jackson – Outside linebackers

Jason Willix – Running backs

William Fly – Defensive line

Chris Campo – Defensive backs

NGA COACHING STAFF

Al Reams – Head coach / Defensive coordinator / Linebackers

Bryan Hinson – Offensive coordinator / Wide receivers / Running backs

Deion Green – Defensive backs

Donald Pettigrew – Defensive line

IMPORTANT DATES

Fri, April 14: Spring Break starts, no workouts

Sat, April 22: Shrine Bowl Combine (Eastern Alamance)

Sat, May 6: Shrine Bowl Combine (Olympic)

Mon, May 15: Spring practice starts

Fri, May 26: Last day of spring practice

Thur, June 1: Physicals at 8 a.m. ($10)

Sun, June 4: Physicals at 8 a.m. ($10)

Mon, June 12: Summer workouts start

Mon, July 3-7: Mandatory dead period

Mon, July 17-21: Mandatory dead period

Mon, July 31: First official day of 2017 season

Wed, Aug. 9: Scrimmage at Cape Fear (8:30 pm)

Fri, Aug. 11: Carolina Preps Jamboree (TBD)

Fri, Aug. 18: First Game at Reagan (7 pm)

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Contributed by Jimmy McDonald The Richmond Senior football team is making sure everyone is on the same page as it prepares for spring and summer practices.
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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

lhargrove@civitasmedia.com

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