Former football coaches host meeting in April

By: By Brandon Tester - Staff writer

LUMBERTON — Retired high school coaches and officials throughout southeastern North Carolina are coming together to help mitigate hardships faced by younger individuals in their profession.

Retired football coach Frank Jernigan is helping spearhead an effort to help coaches throughout Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties by providing emergency assistance.

“At a time of emergency, if someone in the coaching profession needs financial assistance, we’re going to have fundraisers so we’ll be able to help them out,” he said

Jernigan is part of a new organization called BCR, an acronym for the three counties. Retired coaches and officials in those regions are invited to join the group.

BCR’s next meeting will take place at Dale’s Seafood in Lake Waccamaw on April 6 at 11:30 a.m.

The group is still developing and has had as many as 10 coaches throughout the area attend its meetings.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include fundraising ideas to be pursued in the future.

“We’ve talked about having having golf tournaments every year, one in each county,” Jernigan said.

Jernigan said many of the coaches in the group have 30 or more years of experience in the profession, and they understand the adversity coaches face over time. That’s why they are working to build funding for when coaches face emergencies such as natural disasters or medical issues.

“We just want to give something back,” Jernigan said.

Jernigan coached at Fairmont High School from 1995 to 2000 before heading to Purnell Swett for a three-year stint. He then coached at Green Sea Floyds High School in South Carolina for seven years before retiring. His son Clay is currently the head football coach at South Robeson.

Because BCR is an ad hoc group that relies on expertise from former coaches and officials, the general public is not invited to the meeting.

By Brandon Tester

Staff writer

Reach Brandon Tester at 910-816-1989 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @Tester_Brandon.

Reach Brandon Tester at 910-816-1989 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @Tester_Brandon.