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Vereen still trying to change culture at Creek Bridge

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

MarionJimmy Vereen had seen it all during his 33 years as an assistant at Mullins before finally getting a chance to become a head coach at Creek Bridge three years ago.  It has been a challenge to say the least, as the Warriors haven’t experienced a lot of success on the gridiron.

“The journey has been peculiar.  We’re trying to change the culture, and it’s tough in a rural area where you don’t have a lot of people.  It has been challenging,” Vereen said.  “You never know how hard things are into you’re put into that position.  It has been a humbling, learning experience as far as organization-wise and getting the kids to understand the importance of accountability and commitment.  You’ve got to be consistent in what you do in order to get better.”

Vereen has tried to build relationships with his players since he has been at the Marion County school, but it is still a work in progress.  However, he has seen development within the players that have been there since he first arrived.

“(The relationships are) not as good as I’d like them to be.  I’m a personable person and I want them to talk to me.  I might not have all the answers, but I can help them.  They just need to trust me a little more,” Vereen said.  “There are only a few that have been with me since their freshmen years, but they have gotten better.  They understand the game a whole lot better.”

One of the players Vereen coached at Mullins, Denton Graves, is now next to him on the sidelines.  After spending time at Johnsonville, Carvers Bay and Latta, Graves begins his second year as offensive coordinator at Creek Bridge.  He also works with quarterbacks, running backs and defensive backs.

Also back for a second season is defensive coordinator Jerry Lasyone, a Texas native who came over from Indian Land.  He will tutor the offensive and defensive lines as well.

Vereen will work with linebackers while Herman Waters will deal with wide receivers.  Waters and Chris Sanders will be in charge of the B-team.

“We all get along pretty good,” Vereen said of the coaching staff.

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