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Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

Local ties run deep with B-E coaching staff

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Bamberg—The Bamberg-Ehrhardt football team has been a consistent winner over the years, and part of that success can be attributed to the stability and continuity of its coaching staff.

However, this offseason saw the biggest shakeup as the Red Raiders lost several coaches, including head coach Butch Crosby (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) and defensive coordinator Corey Crosby (Blackville-Hilda).

Robert Williams, who spent the past 11 years as an assistant, was promoted to head coach and will try to guide Bamberg-Ehrhardt back to the state championship game with several new faces joining him on the sidelines.

“The kids know the terminology and they know what we want to do and all that.  It’s more of teaching the coaches what we want and how we call things,” Williams said.  “After we have workouts or sometimes during workouts, we’ll meet and go over things.”

Quarterbacks/running backs coach James Williams has been with the program for over 20 years, and defensive line coach Jamie Downing is the only other returning member of the staff.

A pair of new assistants will take over the offensive line.  Coby Berry, who played at Dorchester Academy before heading to Charleston Southern, and Marcus Cann, who helped with the middle school team last year, will be in the trenches.

“I have a lot of confidence in them.  They brought some new ideas in the spring.  I’m still going to watch over them because I think the offensive line is the most important part of the team, but they’ve got a good group coming back,” said Williams.

James Schwarting comes aboard to handle the wide receivers and defensive backs, and former Blythewood and Edisto head coach Geremy Saitz will be in charge of the linebackers.  Former Red Raider Jeremy Davis is coming back to assist with linebackers and defensive backs.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt has a good mix of older and younger coaches, and all but two graduated from the school, which has helped them bond with the players during the offseason.

“Most of them graduated from Bamberg so they have a sense of pride in everything they do,” Williams said.  “The kids seem to enjoy being around them every day.”

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