With just weeks to go before the season begins, Spartanburg Christian Academy will have a change in leadership of its football program.
The Warriors are hoping to minimize any changes by having a familiar face lead the team.
Athletic Director Sean Rogers will take over as head football coach on an interim basis after former coach Sam Jones stepped down earlier this week to take a coaching position in Spartanburg District 7.
“Sam had a great opportunity come along,” Rogers said. “The timing was unfortunate for us, but we tell our kids that we want to prepare them for great opportunities in life, and that applies to our coaches, too. If guys coach here and have the chance to take advantage of an opportunity to grow, we’re excited for them, too.”
Rogers said in order to maintain continuity, the search for a permanent replacement for Jones will begin, with the goal to have a coach identified soon after the season ends.
“Hopefully we’ll have a replacement lined up once the season is over,” he said.
On the field, the Warriors will maintain the systems put in place by Jones.
“The best thing for the kids is not to create more upheaval,” Rogers said. “Our assistants are a good group. Most have been with us here for three or four years, others have been through the spring with us already. We have a staff the kids trust. Really, it’s been a fairly seamless transition.”
Rogers said SCA will maintain a power rushing game and its familiar defense.
“We’re not looking to change anything scheme-wise,” he said. “We’re still going to run the triple option based out of multiple formations. We’ll still be based in a 3-4 defense. We’re going to try to be as physical as we can, to wear people down, and to shorten the game.”
Rogers said the Warriors’ players had responded well to the change in leadership.
“We preach to them that we control what we can control,” he said. “We’re continuing to bang that drum. The kids have accepted the transition, realizing that Coach Jones had a great opportunity but that this team has some great opportunities in front of us, too. If they continue to bring the same attitude and effort, we’ll be fine.”