Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Former Carolina Panther Deveron Harper is new football coach at Waddell High

Deveron Harper is the new football coach at Waddell, athletics director Phil Williams said.


Harper, 32, who is from Orangeburg, S.C., played four seasons for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Harper played in college for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame.

Williams said Harper will teach communications, technology and electronics at Waddell. He replaces Quintin Hines, who coached Waddell for two years, and is now at Northside Christian.

"It's the best public relations coup we could have since (S.C. prep coaching legend) Bennie McMurray was hired to be the first coach at Waddell," Williams said. "A coach like McMurray had instant credibility and a guy like Harper has instant credibility. That's a big windfall for Waddell. He's just a great guy. He played in the league which has a lot of appeal to kids."

Harper began his NFL career as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Panthers in 2000. He played two seasons and sat out of football in 2002. He joined the Saints in 2003. He was a three-year starter at Notre Dame. He played high school ball at Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

Waddell's hire leaves only East Mecklenburg as the only CMS school without a head football coach. Summer workouts begin next week.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gonna need JOE CLARK as a principal. Congrats to Deveron! Hopefully, he is prepared for the numbskull kids he will be forced to prepare!

Anonymous said...

I remember him......I just hope he knows what he's getting in to. It's hard for a coach to bring success to a school that has absolutely nothing to work with.

You can try to make lemonade out of lemons, but at Waddell, they don't even have lemons! And you just can't build anything like that. I hope he has a ton of luck on his side......

Kinky Winky said...

AYYEE Deveron was my sub at Mallard Creek

Anonymous said...

I wish the new coach well. It's unfortunate his new boss doesn't have the same qualities. It would have been mannered if the other candidates were notified without having to read it in the paper. Good luck Coach Deveron.

Chris said...

great hire coach harper was my db caoch my 11th grade year in high school at gariner at learning from him i became one of the state leaders in ints

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Great thing to know, he was a great player and as a coach he has the experience.

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