TABOR CITY — For the second straight year, an assistant coach is leaving Richmond Senior to become a head coach.
Former defensive coordinator James Johnson accepted the top spot with West Stanly last February, this time it is tight ends coach Kyle Hutchison that will be moving up the ranks.
Hutchison accepted the head coaching position at South Columbus High last week. According to the Tabor-Loris Tribune, his hiring was approved by the Columbus County Board of Education Monday evening.
Hutchison said he submitted his resignation Tuesday and hopes to head to Tabor City sooner than later. State law requires a teacher give at least a 30-day notice before resigning, otherwise, the county school board could request the State Board of Education revoke the teacher’s license or certificate for the rest of that school year.
He added he has kept his superiors informed of the process and hopes to be released to begin his tenure at South Columbus before the end of the 30 days.
“I will take care of the contract soon,” Hutchison said. “You don’t want to hurt the kids here, but I am sure once they have someone to replace me they will let me go.”
Hutchison will replace Jake Fonvielle, who stepped down in February. Fonvielle was 45-19 in five seasons at South Columbus and won the conference championship the last four years. Fonvielle guided the Stallions to the 2A East Region title game in 2011 and 2012.
Hutchison targeted South Columbus as a possible destination because of its proximity to Richmond County as well as its football tradition.
“It’s always been my goal to become a head coach since the time I got into education,” he said. “South Columbus is close enough to home for my wife. It’s a great situation.”
Even though this will be his first head coaching job, Hutchison said he is going to embrace the expectations to continue the winning ways established by Fonvielle and his staff.
“One of the things I always hear Coach (Paul) Hoggard say he would rather be at a school like Richmond where they expect to win. It forces you to work harder when you know people are going to call for your job if things don’t go your way,” Hutchison said. “My plan is to continue the success they have and hopefully take it a step further.”