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Central Football Program to be led by another Usher

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

PagelandTrent Usher has been named the new head football coach at Central Pageland High School, replacing Craig Hatcher, who will be taking over as the new athletic director at Chesterfield High School.

Usher, most recently an assistant coach for the Eagles, is also a former Eagles standout and son of former Central High head coach Al Usher.

Central High Athletic Director Mitch Leaird has known Trent Usher for a long time and is looking forward to working with him in his new capacity. Coach Usher was hired from a pool of around 15 applicants.

“"I'm very excited that he is the new head football coach at Central High School,” says Leaird. “He understands the importance of what this football program means to this school and the communities of Pageland and Jefferson. His hard work, dedication, and passion for Central High School will allow him to lead this football program for years to come."

Usher played graduated from Central High in 2004 and was a part of the South Carolina Shine Bowl team.

He went on to play collegiately at the University of South Carolina and at Coastal Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina.

Usher joined the Central High coaching staff in 2010. During his tenure with the Eagles, he has served as an assistant football coach, head junior varsity baseball coach, and assistant varsity baseball coach.

As a varsity football coach, Usher has been the Eagles’ defensive coordinator since 2015.

Principal Dr. Judd Starling said it was a great day at Central and the communities the school serves when Usher was named head coach.

“We are proud to continue the tradition of having the best coaches in high school football at Central High School,” Starling says. “Having Trent Usher named as the new head coach at Central is a great thing for the student-athletes at Central. I have watched Coach Usher work with the young men of Central Football for many years and I am confident that he will be successful in this new position.”

Starling added that he would be remiss he did not recognize the great coaches that have come before Trent Usher at Central High.

“Our football program would not be where it is today without the hard work of AL Usher, Joey Mangum and Craig Hatcher,” he added. “Trent has been a part of this program since the day he was born. I am sure that he will continue the winning tradition of Central High Football for many years to come.”

During the announcement of his hiring on May 9 in front of the team, Coach Usher thanked the school board and the selection committee for giving him the opportunity to lead the Eagles’ program.

“This has been a life-long dream of mine,” he says. “I accept the call and welcome the opportunity to work with the student-athletes, faculty, and administration of Central High School.”

Last season the Eagles finished the season with a 7-4 overall record and were 4-2 in the region and finished in third place in the region. In the playoffs, Central lost to Liberty 10-7 in the first round.

 Usher is just the fourth head football coach at Central since the school opened in 1976.  

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