Ridge View High School officials announced Wednesday that Derek Howard has been named the school's new head football coach. Howard has completed four years in the position at Wilson High School in Florence, and he will now be returning to Ridge View, where he previously served as the first quarterback in school history as well as offensive coordinator.
“We are beyond excited to welcome Coach Derek Howard home to Ridge View High School as our head football coach. He is a true Blazer, and I am confident that he will continue the tradition of excellence within our football program. He is going to be a tremendous asset to our school and our community,” said Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth, Principal of Ridge View High School.
Howard said it feels amazing to have the opportunity to come home and serve the community that's been so supportive of him. “We will continue to set the tone as a premier football program in South Carolina that creates next level trends and plays a brand of football that is fast, exciting and hard nosed.”
Howard played college football at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and has been coaching football for 16 years. His offenses have routinely ranked in the top 10 in South Carolina in production, according to Ridge View officials.
“Coach Howard brings cutting-edge football and an enormous amount of experience to our football program at Ridge View High School. Fans and our community alike will be excited to see how hard his kids will play and how skilled they will be. We can’t wait to see what Coach Howard will be able to do with our program,” said Brian Rosefield, Ridge View High School Athletic Director.
Additional information can be found at RidgeViewSports.com.