CCSD formally introduces new AD and Cougar’s new head football coach | Sports | The Press and Standard

by | March 30, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: March 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com

The Colleton County School District formally introduced the new director of district athletics Leon Hammond and the head coach of Cougar football Coby Peeler in a press conference held Friday March 24 at Colleton County High School’s Media Center.
Colleton School District Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster welcomed two board members, Mary Jones and the Rev. Harry Jenkins, along with other district officials and staff members, players and community leaders in attendance for the introduction. Foster said:
“I am excited about the future of Cougar Athletics. I know over the past six months we’ve had some difficulties in our athletic program. But, all of that is behind us now and we are ready to move forward with the future.
“I know that the process of hiring a new athletic director and football coach has been a long process, and some of you have been involved in that process. But, I also know that some of you have not been involved in that process. But, I want you to know that along the way, the whole process was involved around how we can move forward in our athletic program.
“I think today, the two people we’ve hired to continue the great tradition we’ve had in our athletic program is going to be evident by the work they are going to do. So, I want you to at least give both the new people we’ve hired the opportunity, going into it with a positive mindset, that they are going to be doing what is right for Cougar athletics — for the athletic program, as well as well as the football program. We’ve had a lot of success with our other sports this year and that should not exclude football — it should include football. I know we are going to have that success as we move forward under the leadership we hired Tuesday night.”
Following his statement, Foster introduced Coach Hammond to those in attendance, citing highlights from his resume.
He stated Hammond would oversee both middle and high school athletics on a district level, but would be housed at CCHS.
“I am going to do my best to work for you guys,” said Coach Hammond. “Anything you guys need, I am here to assist the players and coaches. We want all our programs to be as successful as our basketball and volleyball teams were earlier and now as our baseball and softball teams are doing.
“That is our goal and vision — to have everyone excel on the athletic field and in the classroom.”
Dr. Melissa Crosby, principal of Colleton County High School, introduced Coby Peeler as the Cougar’s head football coach citing highlights from his career, including a football career at Clemson University and a coaching career which began in 1996.
“Throughout this entire process, my chief concern was ensuring that whoever came to Colleton County High School as the head football coach could meet you where you are and take you where you want to go, including in the classroom and on the football field,” said Crosby.
“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be here,” said Peeler. “This community has a tremendous history in athletics — football, in particular, has had some dynamic achievements. I am excited about the opportunity to reclaim it and produce a product your community can be proud of and get behind and support.”
Coach Hammond will officially begin his position as district director of athletics July 1, while Peeler will be back and forth preparing for spring practice, while completing his contractual obligations in his current district.

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