Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Clover hires South Point's John Devine as its new football coach

CLOVER -- Clover High School ventured just across the state border to hire one of Gaston County’s winningest football coaches.

John Devine has been the head football coach at South Point High in Belmont, N.C., for 15 seasons where he guided the Red Raiders to a 137-55-1 career record. At South Point, Devine won two state titles (2003 and 2009) and 10 conference championships. The 2010 Red Raiders finished 9-4 and won the Big South 3A Conference title. Devine was named the league’s coach of the year.

Clover High School principal Mark Hopkins has known Devine for close to 15 years.

"I have seen his South Point teams up close on many occasions," Hopkins said in a press release issued by Clover High School. "His teams have always represented their community with class and played the game the way it is intended to be played. We believe he is a great fit for our community and that his past experiences and success will follow him to Clover. We welcome Coach Devine into the Blue Eagle family with open arms."

"I am very blessed and honored to have been considered, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to coach Clover High School,” Devine said in Clover press release. "Clover and the upstate of South Carolina have great football tradition and great coaching. I know we’ll have a challenge each and every Friday night. I am looking forward to that challenge."

Clover athletics director Carroll Hester added, “…We are very excited and feel most fortunate to announce that John Devine will be the new Blue Eagle football coach. Coach Devine’s record, the success he has achieved, and the program he has built at South Point High School is tremendous. We look forward to Coach Devine’s leadership, his passion, and his desire to help Clover remain at the top.”

Devine will replace Jet Turner who announced on Feb. 28 that he will leave at the end of the school year to become the head football coach at Wilson Hall in Sumter, his hometown.

Turner served eight years at Clover and led the Blue Eagles to the Class AAAA Division II South Carolina State Championship in 2007. He leaves with a career record of 70-29.

-- Karl Lyles, Rock Hill Herald

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