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New group to tackle football

A parent-community leader group has been established to examine the Halifax County High School football program and to provide input for consideration of the program’s future direction.

Halifax County High School Principal Albert Randolph, in conjunction with last Thursday’s announcement that Kenneth Day will be the interim head varsity football coach at Halifax County High School, said the group would hold its first meeting that night. 

“We’re not just sitting by,” Randolph said.

“We have established a parent-community leader group that will be meeting to give input as we try to gain support for our program. We’re addressing some issues.”

Randolph said after the committee finalizes its recommendations “we’ll sit down and meet with the school superintendent (Dr. Merle Herndon) and Secondary Supervisor Frosty Owens and communicate the information to them.

No timetable was mentioned as to how long the committee will work before bringing recommendations to school officials. 

Randolph said the committee is being asked to develop both short-range and long-range plans that will address various issues including facility needs.

“Eventually the stadium has to be addressed,” Randolph said.

“We want the community to tell us what it wants.”

Some recommendations from the committee will require a
financial boost from the Halifax County School Board, Randolph noted, as do some items he is looking at for possible implementation in the near future. 

“We know budgets are tight,” Randolph added, “on the other hand, we’ve got to look at ways to improve the program.”

Some steps to attempt to improve the Comets football program have already been taken.

“We have met with all of the (football) coaches, middle and high school,” Randolph stated.

“We got input on (their) concerns and how we can improve the program.”

A major area that is being looked at is how the community youth program, the middle school program and the high school program can be tied together to offer more consistency in the instruction offered to the players as they progress through the ranks.

“We want to make sure we’re gaining support from all of these groups,” remarked Randolph.

“If the middle school is winning championships, we ought to be able to have some translation to the high school program. We should not drop off dramatically like we have.”

Randolph noted he has directed Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter to contact four high schools with quality football programs and discuss with the coaches and athletic directors at those schools what those schools are doing with regard to their football weightlifting and conditioning programs. Those ideas, the principal said, will be examined, and if feasible, implemented into the high school’s program.

Other steps under consideration, Randolph said, include investing in coaching clinics and attempting to secure from the school board some level of stipend for football coaches involved in manning the weight room and coordinating off-season conditioning and instruction during the summer months. 

“We need during the off-season to try to have our coaches around more in the summer and offer small stipends to make sure they’re manning the weight room like they should,” Randolph said. 

“A lot (of coaches) are willing to volunteer their time, but we need them more now.”