Sunday, April 8, 2012 —
The South Stanly High School football program named a new coach this week approved by the school board that has experience in the Yadkin Valley Conference the past few seasons.
Tasker Fleming, the head coach at North Rowan High School since 2008, has accepted the position of head football coach for the Bulls.
The new coach said that he chose South Stanly because wanted his second-grader son to grow up in a safe community like Norwood.
Fleming also said that he was impressed with the number of student-athletes at South Stanly that continue on to play sports at the collegiate level.
“I like the way that the South players carried themselves on the field, and I recognize what has happened with football players here that are eligible to go to the next level,” Fleming said.
“Not many 1A schools in North Carolina can boast the numbers of kids that have qualified and gone on. The kids do the right things in the classroom.”
Fleming has a long history of turning programs around, including his first head-coaching assignment at Franklinton High School in 1986, turning a two-win squad into a playoff contender.
The new South coach was also a head coach at Western Harnett from 1991-92 and Eastern Wayne from 1993-96.
Fleming also coached twice at St. Paul’s High School, turning a two-win team into a 10-win squad in 2003.
Fleming’s time at North Rowan started in 2008 with the challenge of taking over for a team that lost 17 players to bad grades and 13 to graduation.
“We have a JV team playing a varsity schedule,” Fleming said.
The Cavaliers went from 1-10 to 5-7 in 2009, including ralliying from 14-0 down to South Stanly to win 16-14.
North Rowan then won the Yadkin Valley Conference title in 2010 with a 6-1 record.
Fleming said that he has high expectations for the South Stanly Rebel Bulls this season after the Bulls lost to Lakewood in the second round of the 1A playoffs.
“The loss to Lakewood was a heartbreaker; they were so close. I hope what I add to the program continues those expectations. Every season and team is different but there is a great core of kids coming back this year,” Fleming said.
“Like any coach, I go into every game expecting to win. I can promise that our coaches will have a plan together and be ready on Friday nights.”
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