Vance High athletics director Rick Gardner said his school considered more than 70 applicants for its vacant head football job, but ultimately decided to promote five-year assistant Phil Culicerto to replace Jeff Simpson.
Simpson recently took the head job at West Charlotte.
“Coach Culicerto has a number of years experience coaching at the high school and college level,” Gardner said. “We feel fortunate we had someone of his caliber already here that knew the kids and their parents and the other members of the faculty and staff. He was the right fit for us.”
Culicerto played quarterback at Virginia Tech and was a graduate assistant under former Tech coach Bill Dooley. Culicerto was head coach at Division III Hampden-Syndney (Va.) College and a former Wingate assistant. He’s been Vance’s head baseball coach for four years, but stepped down from that position last fall. He will be the Cougars fast-pitch softball coach this spring.
-- Langston Wertz Jr.