DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington High School has hired Raymond Jennings as its new football coach, replacing John Jones.
“Coach Jennings’ previous high school head coaching experience, his track record of building positive relationships with students, and his national board certification in business education make him an ideal fit for Darlington High School,” said Cortney Gehrke, principal of Darlington High School. “We look forward to Coach Jennings helping our students improve both on and off the field.”
Jennings, who most recently was defensive coordinator at Lugoff-Elgin from 2015 until last fall, was once Ridge View’s football coach for 11 seasons.
According to The State newspaper, Ridge View under Jennings reached the playoffs in his first five seasons, including a 10-3 mark in 2006, and earned a Class 4A state semifinal appearance the next season.
But from 2008 until '14, Ridge View did not have a winning season and he was fired after that '14 campaign.
Jones resigned after this past season when the Falcons went 0-9. Jones lost his final 12 games there.
During his four-year coaching stop at Darlington, the Falcons went 9-33. They went 6-5 in 2015, but 3-28 the rest of the way.
Jones said he was resigning to pursue other coaching opportunities, according to a news release.
Darlington hires Epps as coach
Darlington High School announced Wednesday that Cellina Epps will be the new varsity volleyball coach.
Epps, who is a fourth-grade teacher at St. John’s Elementary School, will take over the school’s varsity program after previously serving as the team’s associate head coach. She also spent the past three years as the school’s junior varsity volleyball coach. Epps has served the past 17 years as a coach of numerous sports throughout the Darlington Recreation Department.
“We are very excited for coach Epps to become our new head volleyball coach,” Gehrke said. “She has done an excellent job as our junior varsity coach. Her love for our student-athletes and the sport is evident. We know she will do a wonderful job in her new role.”
Epps holds an associate degree in Health Science from Florence-Darlington Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University.