Thursday, March 25, 2010

Crest football coach Roy Kirby resigns, to join Tom Knotts at Dutch Fork

Boiling Springs Crest football coach Roy Kirby has resigned to take a job as defensive coordinator at Dutch Fork (S.C.).


Tom Knotts resigned from Independence earlier this year to become athletics director and head football coach at Dutch Fork.


Kirby, 53, has coached at Crest for 22 years. He was head coach since 1997, winning state titles in 2003 and 2004.


Kirby contacted Knotts shortly after he took the Dutch Fork job in January. Kirby said he got a contract to teach physical education and teach weight training at Dutch Fork Friday.


"I think it's a good opportunity," Kirby said. "I'm excited about it. To go down there and work with (Knotts) should be fun. The school down there and the community are really wanting to have a winning program and we're going to go down there and see if we can give that to them."


Knotts was excited about adding a coach like Kirby to his staff.


"If you ask high school football coaches around North Carolina who are the top three or four defensive coaches, he would definitely be one," Knotts said. "I'm just thrilled to get a guy of his calibre and it'll definitely ease my load. He's also been as an assistant AD and I think we'll make a good team."


Knotts said he and Kirby would not start full time at Dutch Fork until after school ends in June, but said both will help run spring practice which begins in mid-May. For now, Dutch Fork assistant Noah Dixon is handling the players, using Knotts' weight conditioning program and making sure all the players run track, another long-time Knotts staple.


"(Dutch Fork was) 2-9 last year and we feel like we can't get anything but better," Knotts said. "We'll put a quality staff together and a guy like Roy Kirby, well, you don't get somebody of that calibre every day. To get him is a real blessing for me and Dutch Fork. I think it's going to work out great."



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dutch Fork grad here. It is crazy to pay Knotts 100k, really crazy to also add incentives that could double it! It doesn't end there. The boosters will pay money to Kirby to bring him up to his NC pay. This is kiddie football and they are acting like it is bigtime. How many teaching positions and labs could this have paid for?

Anonymous said...

Funny that Knotts stayed here forever, then left when he realized he couldn't beat Newsome. Knotts leaves town with his tail between his legs!

Anonymous said...

tail

Anonymous said...

Dutch Fork is getting this: a coach who has been investigated for recruiting, involved in a post game fight, abuses players, cares less about academics than the teachers. Hope it is worth it.

Anonymous said...

Coach Kirby, following Knotts to SC is like following Jim Jones to Guyana. Hope the kool aid is good!

Anonymous said...

If the fine folks at Dutch Fork want to compensate Tommy Knox and Kirby substantial dollars to potentially get a winning program, more power to them and good for those two coaches! Expectations are high, and pressure is on them to deliver. Let's stay tuned when teachers are terminated for budget shortfalls and see how out of wack priorities are in the world of SC HS Football. It's all about the $$$
Run Tommy, Run!

minthill1 said...

This is for "anonymous". He was cleared of recruiting charges, never charged for the altercation with the drunk, crazy obnoxious fan, and beat the Bull dogs many times. If he stayed he would beat them again with perhaps a little less frequency. He made Friday mites in the fall fun for me and my kids for many years. He has a cool little boy and a move to the country and away from CMS is a good thing for him. I will hate it this fall but I am glad he will make a little money and have a little peace and quiet in the off season for a change. Good luck Tommy I will be in the stands pulling for the patriots again this fall but it will be a little sad to see them play without you. You were their best hope of getting the facilities brought up to par. I guess it will be strange for you too having a nice locker room and weight room and a community that appreciates the effort you put in to building a winning tradition.

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Well, what can I say? I think Roy Kirby is the nicest coach in his category and everyone knows that. He's going to win everything because is a brilliant person and knows a lot about football.