High School Sports

April 5, 2011

Wheeler takes over Heathwood Hall football

Former Hammond defensive coordinator and USC graduate assistant Jon Wheeler named the new Highlanders football coach.

Former Hammond defensive coordinator Jon Wheeler has been named the head football coach at Heathwood Hall. Wheeler was introduced to the student body on Friday.

"Jon is the kind of professional we all hope our own children encounter as an adult role model,” said HH athletic director Jeff Whalen.

“He embodies strong work ethic, integrity, and civility, and for a school like ours, Jon's background and philosophy fits well with the Heathwood mission that the young people in our sports programs are students first, athletes second."

Wheeler, who previously coached at North Greenville University and was a graduate assistant at South Carolina, received a glowing endorsement from Ellis Johnson, USC’s assistant head coach.

“Jon Wheeler is a great hire for Heathwood Hall,” said Johnson. “I have always been impressed with Jon's knowledge and work ethic. He is a man of great character. I know that he will be very successful."

Wheeler graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wofford College where he was a four-year letterman for the Terriers football team.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Jon Wheeler will do a great job (at Heathwood Hall),” said Wofford coach Mike Ayers.

“He has great energy, experience and passion along with a love for the players. Jon will take the program to the next level because he has a work ethic second to none. He understands the total package of academics and athletics. Jon is bright and articulate and this along with his energy will excite people and get them on board. Jon is excited about the chance to be a head coach and will bring other quality coaches to the program with the same energy and work ethic that he can trust."

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