Friday, December 16, 2011

Sources: Vance nominates Keith Wilkes to be next football coach

Vance High's next football coach could be a Forsyth County Hall of Famer who led Winston-Salem Carver to two state championships.

According to sources close to the program, Vance has nominated Keith Wilkes to be its next football coach. Wilkes' hiring would have to approved by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. If approved, Wilkes would replace Phil Culicerto, who coached Vance in 2009 and 2010. Culicerto's 2010 team finished 11-4 and reached the N.C. 4AA semifinals.

Culicerto was forced to resign days before the start of the 2011 season because he hadn't completed requirements to get his teaching certificate renewed. Culicerto later rejoined the staff as a volunteer assistant and offensive coordinator Billy Leeson was named interim head coach.

The Cougars started the season 1-6 amid the coaching issues and a few player transfers. Vance recovered for a four-game win streak to close the regular-season which got the Cougars into the playoffs. Vance lost in the first round to Ardrey Kell.

Leeson indicated he was not interested in continuing as head coach. He is also Vance's dean of students.

Now it appears Vance has found its man.

Wilkes was 139-62-1 at Winston-Salem Carver from 1992-2007. His teams won 11 conference championships, and won state titles in 1998 and 2003.


Wilkes, 48, was part of the 2011 class of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County High School Sports Hall Of Fame.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow great hire!! I remember him from Carver, he had them rolling. Let's see what he can do at Vance. I hope he makes them a contender, CMS needs another big dogg!!! This is the best football in NC!! Good luck Vance

Butler Parent

Anonymous said...

That's how he will look after he meets the Team.

Anonymous said...

Just left a great game Mallard Creek vs Vance boys basketball and we beat Vance at the buzzer... Great game!!!!! I hope this new coach and our coach can give us football games like this one every year!!!!! That will be a treat to look forward to every year!!! Good luck Vance

Anonymous said...

I live in Charlotte but I played for Coach Wilkes at Carver. He not only changed my life, but he changed the lives of many young males in Winston Salem. He is one of the few Coaches left who does it the right way! Mark my words, Vance players will be ready to run through walls for coach, because he will be more than a coach to them! Don't be surprised if you see many of coach's old players at practice and on the sidelines because he does not build programs, he builds "Football Families". Welcome to the family Vance!

Anonymous said...

Another yellow jacket here..... I don't know if Vance will win, but I do know that those boys are about to experience something that they have never experienced before! This is a great man! I still talk to many of my teammates because he made us a FOOTBALL FAMILY! In the words of coach.... Let's roll baby! Good luck Vance!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure this is a great pickup for Vance. But did anyone read the title of this post and say "Huh?"
Just nitpicking here, but the wording makes no sense. Anyway, good luck, Vance.

Anonymous said...

I hope Vance has a great weight room because Coach believes in lifting weights YEAR ROUND! I played WR for coach and I could out lift some of the lineman... It helped me to create separation from the tiny DBs .....Get ready, Vance will run and throw that ball all over the field!

Anonymous said...

Simpson and Culcierto were highly touted also. If he gets the job he has a big hill to climb. Sluggish fan base and a non existent Booster Club. Good luck........."

Anonymous said...

Very true statement about the hill he has to climb... But the difference between him and the other coaches....it won't be "his" team. Vance will be a "community" team! Most coaches push parents away..... He pulls them in.... You will see! By no means am I saying they will win a state championship, but what I am saying is ....this is a MAJOR upgrade!

Anonymous said...

Now he needs 20 players. Since there work horse plays both ways."

Anonymous said...

The Grammar Coach is back again!!!

Now he needs 20 players. Since "there" work horse plays both ways.

LAST TIME ANONYMOUS... THERE IS A DIRECTION!!!! IT SHOULD BE THEIR!!!

If he is a motivator, that should be easy!!
"Cougar Pride"

Anonymous said...

It is nice to read a story then scroll down to read the comments that follow and here... just joking "Grammar Coach" HEAR positive things about a coach who has made a major impact in the lives of so many teenagers. My son is an 8th grader and he will attend Vance next year... glad to read good things about his soon to be coach! Good luck coach... Cougar Pride!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Charlotte!!!

From DubC

Anonymous said...

Lots of story lines for the start of next football season... Can mallard creek finally win it all? How will al brown deal with one of the toughest conference in nc? How will Vance rebound from a disappointing 2011 season! I am ready for some high school football!

Anonymous said...

Great point! I am excited too!

Anonymous said...

Just ran into my old team mate and he told me about coach coming to Charlotte. Y'all in for a treat Vance! Welcome coach! Let's roll baby! Lol

Anonymous said...

Coach Wilkes will be a great asset to Vance. I know first hand how he turns lives around and makes men out of boys. I played for him 18 years ago and he is one biggest influences in my life. Without what he taught me I doubt I would have went to college. I am glad to see him back in NC and I'm excited to see him in Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

What about the players?

Anonymous said...

Carver???? He spent recently three years here in Shiloh and did squat!!took off when he did nothing but go 1-9!!

Anonymous said...

Ok.....so now his career record is....141-70.... That is piss poor! He has coached 28 years and been successful 27 out of the 28.....Lol we will take that hiccup! Ps we all know you're really not from Shiloh. Coach...I mean anonymous, go sit down. GOD don't like ugly! Lol

Shiloh parent (lol)

Anonymous said...

Can't we all just get along! Lol
Cougar pride!!!!

Anonymous said...

If Coach Wilkes would've had administration and TRUE parent support and more talented players at Shiloh, things would've been different. No one can come into a losing program and go to a winning program in the time he had with the obstacles he had. Shiloh parents really have nothing to say about Coach Wilkes because they are delusional about the talent they think their boys have, PERIOD! Nuff said

announcer said...

Hes a great man and a great coach! Shiloh happens to be in a division that produced the last 2 state 5A champions....its the smallest school in the division which places it at a severe disadvantage. We have been chewing up and spitting coaches out down here for the past 10 years! Its a job that only the brave hearted souls would consider! Our loss is your gain! This man is great with the kids and deserves to be leading a better program! You will be very happy that your administration chose him to lead your kids! I'll never forget the first thing he did when he came to Shiloh....he took the team to church with him! We miss you "Big Daddy!"

Anonymous said...

He left bad for worst

Anonymous said...

Coach Wilkes has the most talented player in Charlotte coming back next year. He also has two supporting players that are legit. The qb has came a long way and the DB/WR cannot be shut down. They ALL are rising senoirs. The whole line is also coming back. I would watch out for Vance next year

Anonymous said...

I know Coach Wilkes very well down her in Atlanta, GA when he came to coach Shiloh and was a great coach I think he needs to go where he will be happy. Enough said........Good Luck Coach and stay blessed as you already are.

Anonymous said...

I know Coach Wilkes very well down her in Atlanta, GA when he came to coach Shiloh and was a great coach I think he needs to go where he will be happy. Enough said........Good Luck Coach and stay blessed as you already are.

Anonymous said...

Coach Wilkes coached my son at Shiloh. (He is one of the ones Coach Wilkes mentored and developed, and who signed to continue playing in college.) As a footnote, in Gwinnett County where Shiloh is located, student, parents, and the community fund high school athletics, versus the county. Schools with the most funding tend to have the consistent winning programs. With limited funding, Shiloh could not maximize its winning potential under Wilkes. Nevertheless, Coach Wilkes brought excellent motivation, development of players, discipline, and toughness to the team. Parents, make sure you feed the linemen since he likes to run to set up the pass. Congratulations!!