Matthew Riggsbee turned West Craven’s football program into a consistent playoff qualifier. Now, he’ll get the chance to help South Johnston continue its recent run of playoff apperanaces.
Riggsbee was named head coach of South Johnston’s football team recently. He replaces Hunter Jenks who departed the school to become the head coach at Clayton.
“My family and I are excited about joining the South Johnston community,” Riggsbee said in a Johnston County Schools press release. “I am ready to get into the building, meet the players and faculty, and get started with spring workouts.
“Our program is going to be built on the foundation of hard work and being good student-athletes. I am looking forward to building on the great traditions of South Johnston football.”
The Trojans were 8-5 last season and reached the second round of the 3A playoffs.
Riggsbee’s West Craven squad edged the Trojans, 31-29, in a first-round playoff game in 2014.
West Craven went 9-2 in 2015 and was 26-22 during Riggsbee’s four-year tenure as head coach, reaching the state playoffs in all four seasons.
“Matthew Riggsbee has consistently demanded excellence regarding the character of his players,” said South Johnston principal Dr. David Pearce. “He has shown the ability to lead programs to the next level by building relationships with players, parents, staff and the community. He has been a part of several football programs with winning traditions; and he understands the balance between winning and education.”
Riggsbee is a graduate of Burlington Williams High, winning a state football championship there as a player before earning his degree from East Carolina University. He is married to Tameka Riggsbee and they have a daughter, Avery.
South Johnston opens the 2016 season at home against Franklinton on Aug. 19.