New Princeton High School head football coach Derrick Minor grew up playing high school sports in a small community near Elon and attended Western Alamance High School. Those roots made an impression on him that never left.
“My goal has always been to find a small town, a place where my wife and I could raise our two children, that has the same kind of values I have and the same tight bond between school and community,” Minor said. “I’ve found that in Princeton and the opportunity to lead a football program in a town like this is something I’ve been working for my entire career.”
Minor, a 33-year-old 1997 graduate of Western Alamance who replaces the retired Russell Williamson, has been an offensive assistant coach at Southeast Guilford for the past two seasons and was an offensive assistant at Southern Alamance from 2009-10. He got his start as a defensive backs coach at Graham in 2005. He has a masters in education from Elon and an undergraduate physical education degree from N.C. A&T.
“We felt in our hearts that Derrick Minor was the fit we were looking for,” said Princeton athletic director Marty Gurganus. “Everything about him fit the important place in our community and school we were trying to fill. We felt like he was supposed to be here. We’re excited about his future as a football coach and the kind of person he is to set an example for our students.”
Peterson signs: Mark Peterson, 2008 Sanderson graduate and a 2012 Radford University graduate, signed with the Kansas City Royals as a free agent this week. He has been assigned to the Burlington Royals.
Peterson played at UNC-Greensboro in 2009 and at Pitt Community College in 2010 before transferring to Radford. He started 29 games, posting an 8-8 record and a 4.47 ERA.
Rimpf at Britt: Former Leesville Road High football standout Brian Rimpf is the new head football coach of perennial power Fayetteville Jack Britt. Former Britt coach Richard Bailey resigned to replace Chip Williams at Scotland County. Williams had been the coach at Wakefield and New Bern before going to Scotland, the 2012 state 4A champion.
Rimpf was an offensive lineman at East Carolina, and also played with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. He had been an assistant coach at Harnett Central the past two years.
No complacency at Cleveland: Cleveland High football coach Marc Morris said a 64-7 season-ending loss to Havelock in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A semifinals has set the tone for the Rams off-season workouts.
The Rams, playing their first season of varsity football with no seniors, were physically overwhelmed by Havelock.
“As a coaching staff, we talked about communicating to the team that reaching the semifinals isn’t easy,” said Morris, whose 2009 Harnett Central team lost 14-13 to Asheville Reynolds in the 4A finals. “But after the way that Havelock handled us, there was no question that we had to get better.
“That loss is embedded in our minds.”
Cleveland is expected to return almost all of its starters this season and is expected to be in the 3AA classification for football.
D. Clay Best contributed to this story