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."