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West Florence hires three new varsity coaches for 2018-19

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Florence – Things went a little haywire in the coaching ranks at West Florence High during the spring and early summer.

Several varsity head coaches either vacated their positions or were terminated, leaving the school to fill the openings in a timely manner.

Perhaps the most important early hiring was that of athletic director. Without someone to lead and oversee the program, things could not effectively move forward.

After a lengthy interview process, the school’s new athletic director is Greg Johnson. Johnson is familiar with West Florence having coached football and track from 2009-2011. Johnson also worked as a coach at Sumter High School and has been an assistant principal at Darlington High since 2016.

With Johnson in the fold, the football head coaching position was immediately filled by former Aynor head coach Jody Jenerette. Jenerette stepped down at Aynor after last season, compiling a 56-83 record in 13 seasons. The Blue Jackets were 8-4 in 2012 and 7-5 in 2013.

Jenerette replaced Trey Woodberry, who stepped down as head coach. Woodberry spent 13 seasons at West Florence with six winning seasons. The Knights were 10-3 in 2012 but just 9-24 over the last three seasons.

The Knights have several returning starters from a team that upset Ashley Ridge in the Class AAAAA state playoffs last season. The top name returning is senior running back Ailym Ford, who rushed for more than 1,600 yards last season and is one of the top senior backs in the state this coming fall.

West Florence will also have new coaches in boys basketball and volleyball.

Hired to take over the volleyball program is Warren Coker, who comes to West Florence from Darlington High School. Coker coached the boys tennis team last spring at Darlington but coached volleyball at Sumter from 2001-17, guiding the Gamecocks to multiple appearances in the state playoffs.

 Replacing Pete Ellis as the boys varsity basketball coach is former C.A. Johnson coach Daryl Jarvis. Jarvis is a 17-year coaching veteran and guided the Hornets to the state championship in the 2013-14 season. He posted a 62-51 record in five seasons at C.A. Johnson.

 

 

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