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Ben Lippen High School
Columbia

Ben Lippen coaches boast wealth of college experience

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

ColumbiaBen Lippen made a change at the top this offseason, bringing in James Reynolds to take over its football team.  Reynolds was most recently the defensive coordinator at Westwood, but also had previous stints at Ben Lippen and River Bluff.

He brought several new faces with him, and the staff has plenty of college playing experience as well.

“That’s one thing I’ve learned over the years being in this business,” Reynolds said.  “You need to surround yourself with the best people possible.  These are not only knowledgeable guys, but high-energy guys as well.”

Scott Jones, the school’s athletic director, returns as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“Why mess up a good thing when you see the type of offense Ben Lippen has been running before?  I’m happy to have him on the staff,” said Reynolds.  “We’ve gotten to know each other very well during the hiring process and these last few months working together.  We really work well together.”

A former Ben Lippen standout, Tyler Renew, will come on board to mentor the running backs.  Renew was a standout at The Citadel, where Reynolds also played, and spent a brief period as a fullback with the Atlanta Falcons.

“We’ve been down a lot of different roads together – high school, college, and pro.  We have a very close relationship,” Reynolds said.

Will Jones will work with the offensive line while Shannon Glenn is involved with the defensive and offensive lines.

Jason Reynolds, the coach’s brother, will also be a part of the staff, dealing with linebackers.  He and Renew will team up to be in charge of special teams as well.

Jacob McCleery is the wide receivers/defensive backs coach, and Jimmy Gregory is the Director of Football Operations and video coordinator.

Longtime college coach Ellis Johnson will be a valuable resource as well, helping Reynolds as a scouting consultant.  Reynolds played under Johnson at The Citadel.

“It’s very informal between the two of us.  Throughout my coaching career, I’ve called him and bounced things off of him.  The idea of me consulting with him is nothing new.  It’s just going to be on a more regular basis now.  We’ll go over film on a weekly basis, but he won’t be in an on-field role,” Reynolds said.

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