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Cavaliers’ coaching staff remains intact for 2018-19 school year

 

By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent

 

Bishopville – It was six years ago come August when David Rankin returned to the coaching ranks at Robert E. Lee Academy.

It’s been a very successful second stint with the Cavaliers as Rankin’s two squads – football and baseball – have each captured state championships and played for at least one more.

“I think coaching both (junior varsity) and varsity has helped some in that,” Rankin said. “The kids know me and they know what it means when I use certain terms. I can call out a formation on the football field and everyone from the sixth grade up knows what I’m talking about.

“We’ve been very fortunate in that regard.”

This year will mark a very successful one in terms of his duties as athletic director as the Cavaliers return their entire main coaching staff from a year ago.

“Probably the most continuity I’ve had in terms of a coaching staff since I came back,” Rankin said. “When you know your coaches, you don’t have to supervise quite as much as an AD,” Rankin said. “I know what they’re going to do and what they’re capable of and they know what to expect from me. They know the expectations.”

Those expectations are likely going to be even higher based on the year REL had. The Cavaliers qualified for the postseason in all but one sport and four of the playoff teams won at least one game.

“I was very proud of that,” Rankin said. “You always want to have continuity in your programs and always want to have everyone working together. It makes a huge difference when everyone knows each other and has worked together for a while.”

Rankin handles the varsity and JV duties in both football and baseball for the Cavs while Robert Compton returns as the varsity softball coach.

Donna Gooding will once again be the head volleyball coach while Fred Estep will guide the girls tennis team.

The boys basketball coaching responsibilities will be handled by T.J. Stack and on the girls side Kim Langston returns as the head coach.

Dona Smith will lead both the girls and boys track teams for Robert E. Lee with Lindsay Brazell coaching the cheerleading squad.

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