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Lake View High School

Coaching staff has Lake View in their blood

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake View – In this hustle and bustle world of moving around to find happiness, a lot can be said for settling in your hometown and contributing back to your own community.

When it comes to love of family and hometown, few high schools in the Palmetto State can match Lake View. While most known for its success in football, Lake View High School has won championships in several sports. And, even if a team or two is having a bad year, the community continues to provide the highest level of support.

Several members of Lake View High’s coaching staff are graduates of the school, many growing up in the area and returning home to work in the school system and provide guidance to the generations behind them.

Daryl King just completed his 10th season as head football coach. He won a state championship in 2016 and has contended for the title for most of his tenure.

“I’m very blessed to be the head football coach in the same program I played in,” King said. “I love coming to work every day and I look forward to the challenges every year. We have great kids here. We have great coaches here. We all work together and we’ll do the best we can do. You can be assured of that.”

King played football at Lake View, graduating in 1994. He won a ring as a player in 1991 and played on the 1992 team that lost in the state finals.

After high school, King attended North Greenville and returned as a teacher and coach at Lake View in 1999.

When coach Jewell McLaurin won his fourth state title in 2006, he stepped down as head coach and recommended King as the next head coach.

“Coach told me one day he was ready to retire as head coach and he told me he would like me to take over.” King said. “I remember thinking, ‘wow, they want me to come behind coach McLaurin and coach (Bill) Pate.’ My name should not even be mentioned in the same breath for what those two men did for this school.

“I was apprehensive at first but I knew I had great support here. I knew the other coaches would be there for me. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the job but I knew the people here at the school would be there. The motivation was to keep the train rolling. We have good kids here, kids that are willing to work because they love Lake View football.”

King is the first to admit that his success as a head coach (an 85-40 record) is due to the coaching staff he surrounds himself with. Anchoring that staff is 42-year coaching veteran Johnny Dew, who has coached at Dillon and Latta and has been with King for the last nine years. He coaches running backs.

“You can’t measure how valuable he is as a coach and mentor,” King said. “In every aspect he is a leader in this program. In 42 years, he has seen it all so he’s an incredible asset to me.”

Cloy Ford has topped 30 years in coaching and works with the offensive linemen and linebackers. Andy Ford, who played at Lake View, works with the linemen on both sides of the ball.

Larry Inman, who coaches the girls basketball team, works with the defensive linemen and also played football at Lake View.

Boys basketball coach Jeff Ceasar coaches receivers and is a former player in the program. Jonathan Robinson works with the jayvee and varsity lineman and has Wild Gator blood in his veins.

Junior varsity coaches Glenn Edge and Kip Herlong have been in the program for more than two decades. Herlong heads up the perennial power baseball program at Lake View, having won several state championships.

“We’ve pretty much all been together since I became head coach and these men are great leaders and great coaches,” King said. “They make my job easier. I love working with these men.”

Championships are not possible without having quality people in support roles. Team manager Mostiler Rogers has been with the program through three coaches and more than 40 years. “He’s the most popular man in Lake View,” King said.

Jimmy Sweat is a former player who has compiled statistics for more than 20 years and former player Joe Gleason is in charge of video.

Assistant athletic director Brandy Huggins, who also coaches the successful softball team, handles much of the paper work and game night responsibilities.

“I can’t thank her enough for all she does to help me,” King said. “She is the most important person in our athletic department. She handles everything from eligibility to making sure everything is going well on Friday night. She’s the best.”

 In addition to the sports mentioned above, other varsity head coaches this fall will include Bill Spivey (volleyball), Miranda Outlar (cheer) and King will coach golf next spring.

Ramona McKoy heads up the junior varsity cheerleaders while Angie King coaches the junior varsity volleyball team. Martha Isbell is the jayvee girls basketball coach and Andy Ford coaches the jayvee boys basketball team. Marsha Rogers is the junior varsity softball coach.

 

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