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The Jimmy Neal File
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Jimmy Neal is a Camden native and a 1974 graduate of Camden High School In his 19 seasons as Camden’s head football coach, he won 133 games, second in school history behind Billy Ammons’ 177 He was the third consecutive CHS graduate to lead to Bulldogs to a state football championship in 2001 after his two high school coaches, Red Lynch and Ammons, accomplished the feat in 1964 and 1990, respectively Led Camden to a perfect 15-0 season and the AAA state championship in 2001 and won the AAA Lower State title in 2002. In 2001, he was named as the South Carolina High School State Coach of the Year. He earned four region coach of the year titles His teams won a state title, two Lower State championships and four conference crowns in his tenure with 13 trips to the playoffs including this past season His 100th win in 2009 coincided with the school’s 600th victory on the gridiron He coached the South Carolina’s first Mr. Football in quarterback Eric McCollom in 2002 and two of his players, Charles Bennett and Thomas Austin, went on to play in the NFL He was an assistant coach for the 2006 North-South All-Star Game, an assistant coach for the winning South Carolina squad in the 2007 Shrine Bowl and was the head coach for the victorious North team in last Saturday’s North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach, his final game as a head coach More than 50 of Neal’s former players signed to play football in college during his tenure As the CHS athletic director, Camden had five programs --- baseball, boys’ basketball, football, boys’ tennis and volleyball --- play for state championships with the boys’ basketball team winning the 2009 AAA title while the football team won it in 2001