What have we learned here lately, especially at school like Independence? When you let the parents and boosters have a say in the program, you (as the administration) lose total control. I applaud the administration for sticking to their guns and keeping things quiet and not caving to the desires of a mostly uneducated and unqualified crowd of supporters. I'm not saying that Coach Denson isn't qualified because I know he is, but I feel at this point its more important that the school reclaim total control of the program.
Until the $100 dollar steak dinners of the Daryl Barnes era come back and mega money shows back up in Rockingham, this program won't be what it was in terms of having major influence from outsiders in the community.
While I haven't posted, I know about every candidate that has walked through that building, mostly because they have told me, and the fact that you haven't seen what I would call an A-list group of coaches seeking out that job, it kind of tells you about the landscape in that region and what people think about where that program is.
Richmond is still a premier school and I think with the amount of youth they've played these past two seasons that 2017 and especially 2018 could be huge championship contending years. I've always been a huge supporter of the program, I spent a lot of time there when Coach Emory and Hoggard were running things and I was in constant contact with Coach Castellano so I know a lot about that community and I do think this program could regain its spot atop the N.C. high school football landscape, but we really need to see some continuity and a coach be given a chance to implement a program and be able to execute his plan without constant heckling from so-called supporters.
The biggest thing to remember here is that the program is there to support the kids involved and provide an avenue and a vehicle for them to hopefully advance to better places in their lives, not a tool for old men to relive their Al Bundy years and try to use their influence to control what goes on. Let the educators run the show, let them find someone who will teach these young men, and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Not many programs have been blessed to have the run they have had at Richmond Senior.