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Many new faces on Wade Hampton coaching staff

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

VarnvilleWade Hampton football coach Jerry Brown led the Red Devils to their first region championship since 2004 in his first season at the helm, but his coaching staff will look very different in year two.  Four of his six assistants were just hired in the offseason, but Brown sees it as a positive.

“When you win a region championship, it attracts winners.  The more you win, the more coaches want to join your program,” Brown said.

Two of the new staff members have a direct connection with Brown.  Kim Gray, who will be the team’s new defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, spent time alongside Brown at Fairfield Central

Kory Brown played under Brown at Berkeley before playing college football at Kentucky.  He was an assistant for the Stags last season and will be in charge of the wide receivers and defensive backs for the Red Devils.

“There’s no replacement for relationships.  I’ve known Kory for 15 years and known Kim for 30 years.  There’s no substitute for having that kind of loyalty.  They’re loyal as the day is long to me, and that makes a world of difference,” Brown said.

Dennis Shoemaker is another new face, coming in to mentor the offensive line.  He has spent most of his time coaching in Georgia, most recently with Tucker High.

“Offensive line is mainly what I coached for the last five decades.  He and I were real consistent as far as offensive line fundamentals.  He’s worked in the flexbone before, so it’s that consistency and philosophy that make him successful,” Brown said.

Cody McCollum is the final addition to Brown’s staff.  He just graduated from South Carolina, but helped coach football at White Knoll and baseball at Cardinal Newman.  He will tutor the slot backs.

Rob Hanna returns to coach the offensive backs and outside linebackers, and has been at the school for almost a decade.  Defensive line coach Marshall Paul will begin his second year at Wade Hampton.

“We’ve got some younger guys, some older guys, and some guys in between,” Brown said.  “We’ve got a good staff.  We understand the team concept and reflect that onto the players.  That loyalty is something they need, too.”

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