Feb. 8, 2017
At its meeting Tuesday night, the Kershaw County School Board named Brian Rimpf to be the new activities director/football coach at Camden High School and Tyronne Drakeford for the same position at North Central High School.
“Both of these gentlemen bring a great level of experience and accomplishments to these positions,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “But, more importantly, they have a passion for ensuring that our student athletes are not only successful on the playing field and in the classrooms but also in their communities.”
Rimpf has been the head football coach and assistant athletic director at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, NC, since 2012 where his team has been conference champions twice and a runner up in the 4AA state championship. He was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2015 and was The Fayetteville Observer’s High School Football Coach of the Year in 2012.
In addition to his athletic responsibilities at Jack Britt, Rimpf teaches business education courses. He previously taught and was the assistant football coach at Harnett Central High School in Angier, NC.
A graduate of East Carolina University, Rimpf was rated as the #16 offensive lineman in the country in 2003 by The Sporting News. He made the first team All-Conference USA for three years in college and twice received an All-America Honorable Mention by CNN/SI.com.
In 2004, Rimpf was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens where he played until 2007. He joined the AFL New Orleans Voodoo in 2008 and the UFL California Redwoods in 2009.
Drakeford is returning to his high school alma mater to coach after having served as the regional athletic director for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, DC, since 2014. He previously served as that organization’s athletic director as well as the executive director for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis, TN.
A graduate of Virginia Tech University, Drakeford played for the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. He was a member of the 49ers’ 1994 Super Bowl championship team and returned to North Central High School last year to present the school with a Super Bowl “game ball” in honor of the NFL’s 50th anniversary.
Drakeford has also served as the assistant defensive coordinator/defensive back coach at Kettle Run High School in Nokesville, VA, and as the defensive back coach at Cordova High School in Cordova, TN.
Both positions became available when current Camden High AD/football coach Jimmy Neal and his North Central High counterpart Louis Clyburn announced their decisions in December to step down from the positions.
Top Right Photo: Brian Rimpf, courtesy of The Fayetteville Observer, Nov. 21, 2015.
Bottom Left Photo: North Central High School Principal David Branham (left) accepts a Super Bowl game ball from Tyronne Drakeford, Feb. 2, 2016.