LUMBERTON — Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Mike Setzer was approved by the Public Schools of Robeson County as Lumberton High’s next football coach.
Setzer replaces Ron Cook who was the Pirates’ interim for four games following Joe Salas’ resignation. Setzer will start at Lumberton when he’s released from his current duties as the freshman seminar instructor at St. Pauls High.
“Mike’s well-known in the community and he’s good with the kids,” said PSRC board member Dwayne Smith. “I think he’ll be a big plus to the high school. He works well in-house with his peers and I know he’s excited. When kids respect you, they tend to go that extra mile. Mike has that knack.”
In pursuit of his masters, Setzer did not coach this season. He spent the two previous years on Trey Sasser’s staff at St. Pauls while his son, Kane Banner, was the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback. Setzer has a career head coaching record of 25-47 during stops at West Caldwell and St. Pauls.
“Setzer’s a great person and I’ve known him several years,” Robeson County athletics director Jason Suggs said. “He and I coached rec league basketball together and he’s been around the majority of these kids for years.”
Lumberton’s coming off a 1-10 season, the Pirates’ worst campaign since 2005.
“Mike’s biggest obstacle is being the third coach in three years,” Suggs said. “Kids don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care. He will build that trust.”
Staff writer Sarah Willetts contributed to this report.
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