RED SPRINGS — After more than a month without a football coach, the Red Springs football team is going to the “darkside.”
Former Red Devil assistant Ron Cook, who led the Lumberton defense last season, is returning to the town as the team’s new head coach. The hiring was approved by The Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County on Tuesday night.
Cook replaces George Coltharp, who stepped down last month to become the offensive coordinator at Pine Forest.
Cook met with players during practice this morning Red Springs athletic director Chris Howell said.
Cook came to the county as the Red Devils’ defensive coordinator in 2012, where he helped the team to a 10-4 record that included a Three Rivers Conference championship and a run to the third round of the playoffs.
He joined the Pirates last season, utilizing a 4-3 base built around Demetri Sheridan. He was given the interim head coach title following Joe Salas’ departure with four weeks left in the season. Under his leadership the team had its only win of the year in the season finale against Purnell Swett.
He left Lumberton after Mike Setzer was named the team’s new head coach in January. He had been set to coach at Fairmont before accepting an assistant’s position under Stephen Roberson at Westover.
The Red Springs job was the county’s final coaching vacancy. In addition to Setzer taking over at Lumberton, former Pirate assistant Clay Jernigan took over at South Robeson following Roberson’s departure.
Without a head coach, the Red Devils have spent the summer away from the field, opting to work on conditioning and strength as players waited for the hire to be completed.