Ben Lippen names new football coach

ainelson@thestate.comJuly 2, 2014 

  • NEW COACHES

    A look at the football coaches who will be starting new jobs in the Midlands:

    Perry Woolbright, Batesburg Leesville

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    Reggie Kennedy, Irmo

    Willie Offord, Columbia

    Derek White, Ben Lippen

After guiding Christ Church’s Cavaliers to three consecutive SCHSL Class A football championships, Derek White is the new head coach at Ben Lippen.

White said although it will take a lot of work to build Ben Lippen into a championship caliber program, he felt led to accept the position.

“I think that God has a plan for each one of us and this was part of the plan for me. This just became a place where I felt like God was leading me. It’s just a very eager place, and on the verge of being something very special,” said White, a Greer High graduate who played football at North Greenville.

“Not only is he a fine coach, but Derek White is a godly man who loves young people and wants them to know Christ and make an impact for him in this world,” Ben Lippen headmaster Chip Jones said.

White’s experience at Christ Church makes him well-suited to the challenge at Ben Lippen, where he is the third coach in three seasons.

“The greatest thing is when we got to Christ Church, it was just an average program, and it hadn’t hit its potential yet. It took time, and a lot of hard work, but we kept picking up momentum,” White said.

He was at Christ Church for seven years, as strength and conditioning coach, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach before leading the Cavaliers on a 41-1 run over three title campaigns.

The Falcons were 2-8 in one season under Jolly Doolittle, who resigned in June and will be the defensive coordinator at Spartanburg Christian in the upcoming season.

White said it will take time to build the kind of momentum that could push Ben Lippen to the fore of SCISA competition.

“Obviously it’s going to take a lot of hard work, but with our administration’s commitment, our community and our hunger, we can do it,” White said “This community is really eager to do something special and be a part of something big.”

Reach Nelson at (803) 771-8419

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