Mallard Creek hires Tripp Stone as defensive coordinator

Mallard Creek head football coach Mike Palmieri has announced that he has hired Tripp Stone as the Mavericks new defensive coordinator.  Previously Stone filled the same role at rival Vance HS.

Stone comes from a great pedigree of coaching as he’s the sone of veteran head coach Russell Stone.

Last year leading the Vance defense, he helped Aaron Brand turn around the Cougars program from a 6-6 record in 2013 to a 11-4 campaign including an OT loss to Charlotte Catholic in the 4-AA Western Regional Finals.  He also orchestrated an improvement in the defense by only giving up 17.27 PPG and pitching two defensive shutouts.

At Douglas Byrd HS in Fayetteville, Stone consistently fielded strong defenses and gave up less than 20 PPG in each of his seven seasons as defensive coordinator, including giving up only 15.82 PPG in his first season and 17.31 PPG in his second season where the defense led the team to the 4-A State Championship Game.

His best two years combined at Byrd was the 2010 and 2011 seasons where combined he gave up 13 PPG during those two seasons and pitched four shutouts and led the Eagles to a combined 23-4 record.

Stone also served as the defensive coordinator under his father at Purnell Swett HS in 2005 and 2006.

In my opinion, this is a blockbuster hire for Palmieri as I know he’s been trying to land Stone.  Mallard Creek is already the two-time defending 4-AA champions and with this and other big assistant coaching hires, they’re certainly among the favorites to three-peat.

Stone has gained a lot of credibility among coaches in the state over the years, not only for his strength as a defensive signal caller, but also his ability to get the best out of players and push them further.  I fully expect him to be a top candidate for several head coaching jobs this upcoming year.

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