Rod Sink named Wakefield football coach

ntaylor@newsobserver.comFebruary 2, 2012 

Moments after J.D. Dinwiddie resigned as Wakefield’s football coach, he wanted to speak with his offensive coordinator Rod Sink. In that small amount of time before the news reached his players, Dinwiddie gave Sink a message:

“You need to apply,” Dinwiddie said.

Sink took Dinwiddie’s advice and today he was named the Wolverines’ new coach.

“I’m very excited,” Sink said. “When the opportunity arose, I was inspired to be the head coach and take that next step. It’s truly an honor for me to get this opportunity.”

For the past three years, Sink was the offensive coordinator. In that time he helped shape the Wolverines into one of the most powerful offensives in the Triangle. Last year, the Wolverines averaged 46 points a game.

Dinwiddie resigned on Jan. 4. He was named head coach at North Henderson High in Hendersonville on Jan. 9.

In Sink’s eight years as an assistant at Wakefield, he said, he learned plenty from Dinwiddie.

“We developed the offense, and he always called me his right hand man,” Sink said. “I was there every step of the way and I watched what he did.”

Wakefield was 10-2 in 2011 and 10-3 in 2010.

The Wolverines are expected to be among the top teams in the area next season with the return of highly recruited quarterback Connor Mitch, who will be the best returning quarterback in the Triangle and the Cap Eight 4-A conference. Mitch passed for more than 3,800 yards last season.

Dexter Cooley, the athletics director at Wakefield, said the school received plenty of interest about the position.

This will be Sink’s first head coaching job, and he doesn’t plan on making a lot of changes.

“I want to emphasis turnovers more (on defense) and we’ve been a bend-but-don’t-break defense,” Sink said. “With the spread offense and the way we want to play, hopefully our defense can give the offense the opportunity to score a lot.”

Already, Sink knows one of the biggest challenges he will face this summer. The Wolverines had 20 seniors on their team last season, which means Sink won’t have a lot of time to prepare his younger players.

“We graduated a lot of seniors on defense, and we lost a lot of our offensive line,” he said. “So the challenge is pretty great.”

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