82nd Shrine Bowl staff to be announced on Saturday, who can we expect?

The new coaching staff for the 82nd Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas which will be played next December will be announced on Saturday during the playing of the 81st annual game.  The Shrine Bowl staff led by Athletic Director Ron Long, met on Friday Night to pick the North Carolina staff.  The coaching selection process came under fire earlier this year when the Rock Hill Herald ran a story featuring former North Carolina assistant Milton Butts who feels the game has passed over African-American coaches.

One major difference about the coaching selection that was pointed out by that article is the fact that the North Carolina staff is selected primarily by Shriners led by Long while the South Carolina coaching staff is selected by Shell Dula and the South Carolina Football Coaches Association.

Who are the top candidates?

To be selected as a head coach, you first must have served as an assistant coach on a previous Shrine Bowl staff.  Here are the coaches I feel are in the mix for next year’s honor.

  1. Jim Teague, head coach at Reidsville.  (313-117 record, was an assistant coach in the 2002 Shrine Bowl)
  2. Steve Davis, head coach at Greensboro Dudley. (151-45 record, was an assistant coach in the 2009 Shrine Bowl)
  3. David Diamont, head coach at East Surry. (291-153 record, was an assistant coach in the 2006 Shrine Bowl)
  4. Paul Hoggard, head coach at Edenton Holmes. (131-51-1 record, was an assistant coach in the 2006 Shrine Bowl)
  5. Earl Smith, head coach at Wilmington New Hanover. (272-105-1 record, was an assistant coach in the 1994 Shrine Bowl)

Here are the head coaches who are probably on the outside looking in when it comes to being selected as next year’s coach.

  1. Tommy Pursley, head coach at Tuscola.  (252-173 record, was an assistant coach in the 2003 Shrine Bowl)
  2. Russell Stone, head coach at Hickory.  (268-160-6 record, was an assistant coach in the 2012 Shrine Bowl)
  3. Richard Bailey, head coach at Scotland.  (196-53 record, was an assistant coach in the 2011 Shrine Bowl)
  4. Mike Newsome, head coach at Kannapolis Brown.  (157-44 record, was an assistant coach in the 2009 Shrine Bowl)
  5. Joe Pinyan, head coach at China Grove Carson.  (125-69 record, was an assistant coach in the 2007 Shrine Bowl)

 

Here are the top candidates to be selected as an assistant coach for the game.  Note, they will select five coaches who are currently head football coaches in North Carolina and then chose one assistant coach.  The ‘true assistant’ role has typically been a veteran coach with around 30-years of experience of coaching in the state.

  1. Mike Palmieri, head coach at Charlotte Mallard Creek.  (119-32 record, first year as a head coach was 2007)
  2. Reggie Lucas, head coach at Wake Forest.  (117-15 record, first year as a head coach was 2009)
  3. Eric McDaniels, head coach at Roanoke Rapids.  (149-82 record, first year as a head coach was 1989)
  4. Scott Chadwick, head coach at Myers Park.  (146-79 record, first year as a head coach was 1998)
  5. Antonio Moore, head coach at Elizabeth City Northeastern.  (138-39 record, first year as a head coach was 2005)
  6. Todd Willert, head coach at East Forsyth.  (121-67 record, first year as a head coach was 2003)
  7. Lance Ware, head coach at Shelby.  (86-22 record, first year as a head coach was 2011)
  8. Shane Laws, head coach at A.C. Reynolds.  (112-36 record, first year as a head coach was 2007)
  9. Brian Foster, head coach at Southern Nash.  (125-110 record, first year as a head coach was 1998)
  10. Mike Johns, head coach at Mount Pleasant.  (124-116 record, first year as a head coach was 1999)
  11. Josh Brooks, head coach at Franklin.  (116-41 record, first year as a head coach was 2006)
  12. Brian Paschal, head coach at Bear Grass Charter.  (130-144 record, first year as a head coach was 1995)
  13. Marty Scotten, head coach at Jordan-Matthews.  (128-135-1 record, first year as a head coach was 1996)
  14. Tad Baucom, head coach at Sun Valley.  (123-106 record, first year as a head coach was 1984)
  15. Butch Carter, head coach at Alexander Central.  (121-86 record, first year as a head coach was 2001)
  16. Dee Walsh, head coach at Robbinsville.  (120-55 record, first year as a head coach was 1986)
  17. Wayne Rogers, head coach at Creswell.  (120-219-1 record, first year as a head coach was 1986)
  18. Grady Williams, head coach at Weldon.  (119-161 record, first year as a head coach was 1991)
  19. Jimmy Upchruch, head coach at West Stokes.  (115-75 record, first year as a head coach was 2003)
  20. Paul Cornwell, head coach at Ayden-Grifton.  (117-57 record, first year as a head coach was 2005)

 

Here are some of the top candidates for the true assistant position.

 

Todd Haglar (A.L. Brown); longtime strength coach at Kannapolis and Richmond County.

Terry McNeil (Apex Friendship); longtime assistant with Paroli’s at Douglas Byrd, also has time at J.M. Robinson.

Hancel Phipps (Wake Forest); offensive coordiator at Wake Forest, once head coach at Pasquotank.

David Hunt (Davie County); over 30 years as a defensive coordinator in Davie and Rowan counties.

Aubrey Hollifield (Shelby); longtime coach at Shelby, also spent time at A.L. Brown and Kings Mountain.

Larry Brow (A.C. Reynolds); over 30 years as an assistant in Bumcombe County.

Jamie Thompson (Polk County); longtime assistant and former head coach at Polk County.

Lee Lail (East Rutherford); over 25 years as an assistant coach.

Don Sparks (Statesville); over 30 years as an assistant, formerly at Wilkes Central.

John Jones (West Carteret); over 30 years as an assistant at several different programs.  Started at SW Edgecombe back in the early 90’s.

Wallace Clark (Heritage); longtime assistant, now the defensive coordiator at Heritage in Wake Co.

Tom Harper (North Iredell); longtime assistant, been at several programs as an assistant to include Alexander Central, Freedom, and South Rowan  Also has several years as a head coach.

Kenny Frazier (Havelock); Over 20 years as an assistant at Havelock.

Dewayne Kellum (Washington); been in coaching over 35 years, has head coaching experience at Southside HS.

Todd Lipe (Ayden-Grifton); been an assistant for over 25 years including stops at Richmond County, A.L. Brown, as well as head coaching experience at J.H. Rose.

Rodney Goodine (North Rowan); been at North Rowan for over 20 years, very solid credentials.

Jeff Smouse (Lee County); has over 35 years as a coach included a longtime stint as head coach at Grimsley and Athens Drive.

Todd Shuping (Lexington); been in coaching since the mid 1980’s, coaching stops as an assistant include Lexington and Glenn, has over 10 years of head coaching experience.

Bill Wyrick (Terry Sanford); over 35 years in coaching including time as head coach at Western Harnett.

Keith Wood (Scotland); over 20 years in coaching including stops in Texas, at Hoggard, Scotland, and as head coach at Fairmont.

About Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes is the senior football analyst and founder of CarolinaPreps.com. A life-long student of the game, he brings a unique perspective of the game from multiple angles, including that of a former coach. His work has been featured both locally and nationally, including FNF Magazine, Scout.com, and ESPN U, and SiriusXM.

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