Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vance High looking for new football coach

Vance High athletics director Glenn Blafield said the school has posted its head football coaching vacancy and has begun accepting applications.

Vance head coach Phil Culicerto had to step down just before the 2011 season began last August due to problems with his teaching certification. Culicerto later rejoined the staff as a volunteer assistant and offensive coordinator Billy Leeson was named interim head coach.

The Cougars reached the N.C. 4AA semifiinals in 2010 and began the season with high hopes, but 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, and now the school has begun looking for a permanent replacement.

Blafield said applications will be taken for two weeks and the school hoped to start interviews after the holidays.

"Now that the season is over, we have to move forward," he said. "We knew Billy going in was only the interim, and we had to make some decisions. We have a good program and we have to get another coach in here to take it to the next level."

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

That area is filled with athletes!!! The right coach will turn that into a program in one year. I heard they are looking at a guy out of Atlanta with a great reputation!!!

Anonymous said...

A Terrible place to Coach.
School is like a war zone. They had over a 100 arrest at the school last year.. Terrible jv teams the last two years. Half the players that can contribute have 1.8 gpa's. They have a rb/lb returning that's it. NO line, no wr's,no qb. Just a very terrible situation.


They better get a sucker from out of the state...lol

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

yeah they all went to live in Mill Creek and now go to Mallard Creek. Good move!

Anonymous said...

All ignorant comments. People talking have probably never been there or is the scorned coach! My son is a player there and he along with 8 other players made all conference and are all 10th and 11th graders! Talk what you know not what you think! They all have A GPA higher than 3.0. Leave that school alone and sit back and watch next year! Please continue to write negative comments because we will only use it to fuel our boys!

COUGAR PRIDE!

Anonymous said...

I have a better opinion than anyone on here... I am a Vance player and I am tired of stupid comments about Vance. My school is nothing like you guys think. Whoever comes here, will get a bunch of fired up COUGARS READY TO BALL!

We went into every game unprepared and won games only because we were athletes! We want a coach who will make us a program. We know our potential!

By the way....This is a great place to coach!

COUGAR PRIDE

Anonymous said...

Before you post comments of things that you do not know, visit the school. Hating gets you no where...COUGAR PRIDE!

Anonymous said...

They need a coach that really cares and have a strong work ethic to rub off on the players. The program does need a upgrade because there are some pretty good players on that team that are tired of loosing games that they know they can win. Plus, they have one of the top 5 RBs that's ranked in espn top 50 that wants to finish his career at Vance with a bang. So how bout stop the hating and try and find a way to help.

Anonymous said...

And that's top 5 RB in Charlotte for those that look for mistakes....

Anonymous said...

Butler parent here,
Everyone that plays Vance knows they have really good athletes- that has never been questioned. They have always needed a coach, We wish them the best of luck. One more thing, some of you people really need to understand that kids (our kids) read what you write. Be kind.

And to the reader that says its a "war zone", what have you done to make it safer?

Anonymous said...

Vance would be an ideal place to coach. Several key players are returning next year,8 players made all conference, and the players want to win. I hope they find the right coach.

Anonymous said...

No talent at Vance other than the RB Bryant. No one returning other than him. They had players who made all conference who would not start on JV teams. Please don't use the pathetic all conference selection as a display of talent.

No Coach in the Charlotte area will touch that job. Vance might win 3 games next year.

Anonymous said...

HATERS!!! lol That sounds like the scorned coach or a few of his supporters!! lol

Cougar Pride!!!

Anonymous said...

What have i done to make it safer? I moved my kid to a less hostile enviroment.

Vance arrest went from 8 to 61 and one year. A increse of 662.50% If you people don't believe it will effect sports. Your the same people who believed Vance was going to win the state...lol


I feel sorry for the one star on the team. He's going to get crushed next year. No one to block for him. Than he has to play defense also. He's the only one who will continue to play on saturdays.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. You probably moved your kid to Mallard Creek with all of the other illegal players. The AD and coach should be ashamed of their recruiting tactics! At least our kids are loyal to Vance and not searching to be part of something. They are a team and not about individual results. So stop hating on Vance because we are getting an upgrade! It's sad to see adults talk about kids in this manner. I know you make a great parent. Lol!

Anonymous said...

I am a student athlete at Vance and the first thing we need to correct is the use of your in the sentence...YOUR the same people who believed Vance was going to win the state. Clearly Anonymous it should be YOU'RE which means you are. Don't talk smack if you can't speak correctly... it is not a good look!!

Now my point... you keep harping on last year because that is all that you have as your ( I used it correctly, LOL)way to shine a bad light on Vance. We are having a great year and whether we win or not we believe in our school because the people at my school believe in us!!

COUGAR PRIDE!!!

Anonymous said...

A increse(INCREASE) of 662.50% If you people don't believe it will effect sports. Your(YOU'RE) the same people who believed Vance was going to win the state(CHAMPIONSHIP)...lol

than(THEN) he has to play defense also(AS WELL).

I fixed it for you man!! hahaha

That is terrible... talking trash with all those mistakes OMG!!!!

Cougar Pride

Anonymous said...

loyal to what? A School that hires some of the worst coaches on the planet. Your offense looked like they got the plays from a co-ed flag football team.

I Feel sorry for the players at Vance. A scrappy group of football players. It will take years to turn this football program around. They better hire someone young Who has a lot of time on his hands.

DARN SKIPPY. I'm a great parent. I Teach mine, loyalty is something you earn. What has VANCE fb program done to gain loyalty?

Anonymous said...

A (AN)increse(INCREASE)

sorry I missed one.. AN increase... not a( an if the next word starts with a vowel! I almost had to correct the entire post..Come on MAN!!! lol

COUGAR PRIDE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Point well taken idiot...that is why they fired the coach Gomer Pile!!! You took your kid to another school... great, why worry about Vance? Don't act like the scorned boyfriend! Worry about your(I used it correctly too!!!!!) son and his future and let us worry about what is over here. We will be ok. Thanks for being concerned though!

Cougar Pride!!!

Anonymous said...

Get a weight lifting program while your searching for a coach. Secondary very very tiny. I don't believe they had a player over 140lbs? That's with there Uniforms on.

Anonymous said...

Agreed! The weight lifting is a must! Again not the players fault... All on the coach!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the same coach that led Vance to the state semi finals last year? Vance is a tough place to coach especially when you go into the season and lose players due to academics days before the first game and lose players on the day of the game because they were smoking up. There needs to be accountability in both directions.

It is obvious that the former coach, who has been loyal to the program for nearly a decade, no longer fit the culture of the school. Be careful what you ask for. I am predicting coaching turnover like you have seen at Garinger and Harding over the past few years.

Anonymous said...

Grammar coach here again.... In there (their) uniforms. Come on man! There is used when referring to a place... Their shows ownership! We have got to do better! Lol

Anonymous said...

We have had one good season in four years the rest are mirror images to this season. Not knocking him, but it was time for a change! Talk to ANY player and they will tell you they want a new coach! We wish coach the best!

Anonymous said...

As someone who is involved at Vance on a daily basis I have to say that the comments are pure ignorance. Until you know ALL facts you cannot say you KNOW anything. The BEST type of teachers and coaches are at this school because they are the ones who have FAITH in the students that they can overcome any and all obstacles. Please do not throw all coaches under the bus, we have had MANY successful athetics last year including soccer, track, basketball and others. Football players and coaches all tried and did their besst, that to me is FAR better than any state title.

If you are teaching your child loyalty above all else, you sure weren't loyal to Vance. Talent is talent anywhere, if a child is a true talent they will be looked at. What kind of parent preaches negativity and putting down athletes, I know I teach positivity and pumping up the confidence of our students.

Vance is a great school and any coach or teacher would and is lucky to work here.

Anonymous said...

Vance Soccer team is a bunch of thugs too!

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