The coaching staffs for the 81st Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, which will be played on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Spartanburg, have been announced. As expected, the trio of coaches from North Carolina that were unable to lead their team in the 80th battle played this past weekend have been invited back.
That includes David Gentry from Murphy High School who was slated to be the head coach for the 80th game and will retain that role for this upcoming clash between North and South Carolina.
Gentry, who led Murphy to the 1A State Championship with a 15-14 victory over Plymouth has a 368-166-2 record and has won seven championships in his career.
Also returning will be Tim Carson, head football coach at Weddington and Kevin Gillespie, head football coach from Greensboro Page.
Carson just captured his first state championship last week with a 33-20 victory over Eastern Guilford. He has a 100-84 record and will once again be the defensive coordinator for the Tar Heel squad.
Gillespie has a 135-71 career record and led his team to their second consecutive state finals last week. He will take on the role once again as the offensive coordinator.
The new selections for the North Carolina squad include South Mecklenburg head coach Rocky White who also played in the Shrine Bowl as a quarterback in 1978. He has a 52-62 coaching record.
Garner head coach Thurman Leach who was a longtime assistant has a 44-11 career record in four years as a head coach.
East Bladen head coach Robby Priest who in five seasons as a head coach as compiled a 45-21 record.
The true assistant position was given to Eastern Guilford coach Brent Shepard.
The head coach for South Carolina will be former Burlington Cummings and current Dorman head coach Dave Gutshall.
The selection process for picking the coaches is quite different in each state. For South Carolina, the staff is selected by Shell Dula and the South Carolina Football Coaches Association while in North Carolina, the coaching staff is selected by Shrine Bowl athletic director Ron Long and a panel of Shriners who help organize the game.
Below is a list of notable current North Carolina head football coaches who have yet to be selected for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Scott Jones (Camden County) 149-127
James Lewis (Lakewood) 141-117
Eric McDaniels (Roanoke Rapids) 141-78
Scott Chadwick (Myers Park) 135-77
Marty Scotten (Jordan-Matthews) 127-125-1
Antonio Moore (Northeastern) 125-38
Wayne Rogers (Creswell) 118-213-1
Grady Williams (Weldon) 117-154
Jimmy Williams (West Johnston) 114-94
Mike Johns (Mt. Pleasant) 113-113
Brian Foster (Southern Nash) 113-108
Todd Willert (East Forsyth) 112-62
Tad Baucom (Sun Valley) 112-102
Dee Walsh (Robbinsville) 111-50
Paul Cornwell (Ayden-Grifton) 111-51
Butch Carter (Alexander Central) 111-84
Brett Chappell (Pisgah) 106-48
Jimmy Upchurch (West Stokes) 106-71
Clarence Inscore (Millbrook) 105-92-2
Mike Palmieri (Mallard Creek) 105-31
Josh Brooks (Franklin) 104-40
Reggie Lucas (Wake Forest) 101-15
Matt Beam (Newton-Conover) 100-52-1
Shane Laws (A.C. Reynolds) 98-34
Scott Johnson (Starmount) 96-56-1
Sport Sawyer (Manteo) 94-70
Hugh Martin (North Duplin) 94-88
John Hammett (Granville Central) 91-97
Joey Robinson (Mountain Heritage) 89-94
Asim McGill (Riverside Martin) 87-56
Ben Kolstad (Sanderson) 87-71
Randal Gusler (Statesville) 84-69
Ryan Habich (Watagua) 83-30
Greg Lloyd (Kings Mountain) 82-66-1
Battle Holley (East Duplin) 81-36
Daniel Finn (Southeast Raleigh) 81-56
Laymarr Marshall (Mt. Tabor) 80-35