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Erskine College’s Newly Hired Head Football Coach Shap Boyd Will Keynote The 33rd Annual HSSR All-State Football Awards Banquet Scheduled At Seawells in Columbia on Sunday February 10th At 4 P.M.

Erskine College’s Newly Hired Head Football Coach Shap Boyd Will Keynote The 33rd Annual HSSR All-State Football Awards Banquet Scheduled At Seawells in Columbia on Sunday February 10th At 4 P.M.

Erskine College To Reinstate Football Program with Competition To Begin In 2020, Opportunities For In-State Players To Further Their Education While Playing Football Greatly Enhanced With This Development, Shap Boyd Hired To Re-Launch Football Program  

From Staff Reports

Moncks Corner—One way to increase scholarship opportunities for football players is the exciting news that Erskine College, located in Due West, SC, will reinstate the football program it closed in 1951 with plans to have a football team competing by the fall of 2020.

“The High School Sports Report” has invited newly appointed Erskine head football coach Shap Boyd to serve as the keynote speaker for its’ 33rd annual all-state football awards banquet to be held at Seawell’s in Columbia on February 10th.  The HSSR is hopeful that many juniors and seniors attending the banquet will be informed enough to get involved with the Division II program that can have up to 36 scholarships by rule, (divided up in multiple ways), along with additional academic funds from numerous sources.

“Every year many senior football players are passed up in the recruiting process due to the limitations in both scholarships and roster spots at the next level,” said HSSR Publisher Billy G. Baker.  “In talking to Erskine College athletic director Mark Peeler things are on the move with the new upstart football program at Erskine College. This is no doubt an exciting time for Erskine College.

“We are presenting 43 coaches from the SCHSL and SCISA with Region Coach of the Year awards at our February banquet and this should be an ideal time for them to attend the banquet and share some information on any of their over-looked hard-working seniors still seeking a next level opportunity,” said Baker. “Coach Boyd is anxious to find out about those hard- working seniors still seeking a next level opportunity. If a few “still looking” seniors sitting in the banquet hall connect with Coach Boyd’s keynote remarks at the banquet it could be a win-win for all concerned.”   

Mr. Peeler commented on just why Erskine hired Shap Boyd to get the program re-launched after it shut down in 1951. “This process started with us searching for the best Christian leader we could find to develop student athletes and a new football program from the ground up. We are confident Shap is the man for the job. He brings a wealth of experience, an abundance of energy, and a strong will to succeed. We are blessed to find such a good fit for Erskine.”

Coach Boyd has served as the Defensive Coordinator and Safeties coach at the University of Virginia at Wise for the past three seasons. Prior to his arrival, the Cavalier defense ranked 161st (out of 167) in scoring defense, 145th in total defense and 166th in passing defense. In his first season at Wise. The Cavaliers finished with the program’s first winning season since 2008 and their six wins were more than the three previous seasons combined.

Coach Boyd is a 1985 graduate of the University of the South, where he was a member of the football team, and he earned his master’s degree in 1987 from Middle Tennessee State University.

The HSSR is in the process of mailing invitations to the student athletes chosen all-state from the sports of football, swimming, volleyball, girl’s golf, tennis, and cross country. The football only banquet starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 10th while the non-football event is at 1 p.m. The event will be held at Seawells on Rosewood Drive across from the state fair grounds.

Dylan Anderson, the head cross country and track and field coach at Erskine College will serve as the keynote speaker for the 1 p.m. event. He was hired at Erskine in September after coaching stints at the College of Charleston and Francis Marion University.

Anyone seeking information about the banquet should call 843-553-0264.  

   

 

 

 


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