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Coaches and schools

Posted: February 9, 2017 1:43 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.

We join the Kershaw County School District and the community in congratulating and welcoming two new coaches/athletic directors to Camden High School and North Central High School, respectively.

Brian Rimpf moves into the Camden High School slot vacated by Jimmy Neal in late 2016. Rimpf, who most recently was head coach at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, N.C., becomes the 15th head coach for Camden High School.  A former standout at East Carolina University who went on to play in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Rimpf should bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program, and we wish him well.

We are especially pleased to give hearty congratulations and a welcome home to Tyrone Drakeford, who takes the helm of the North Central High School program. Drakeford, a 1989 graduate of NCHS was not only a standout for the Knights but went on to star at Virginia Tech and in the NFL as well, playing on the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX championship team.

Among other things, this means now all three high schools have head football coaches with NFL experience, which should make for some interesting and exciting seasons to come.

Along with the new coaches, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees made some pretty important decisions regarding upcoming capital projects, hiring five construction management-at-risk (CMR) firms to work on 11 different upcoming projects. This is something of a departure from the process of awarding projects to the lowest bidder, but we think it will be a good change. For one, while it does require a little more money on the front end of a given project, it gives the district -- and ultimately you and us -- much more control over the construction process. Another important aspect is the fact that if something goes wrong, or shoddy work is done, or there are problems and issues with the finished project, liability falls on the CMR, not the district, to make things right.

 We believe it is a positive step and we hope it indicates the board and the district is trying to put forth efforts in all the right places -- from the classroom to the locker room.


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