High School Football

Westwood football turns to former assistant to be school’s new head coach

Matt Quinn is coming back to Westwood High School.

The former Redhawks assistant will be the school’s new football coach. Quinn replaces Dustin Curtis, who left to take over at A.C. Flora.

Quinn’s hire was approved at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Last week he posted on Twitter that he was leaving his head coaching job at Union Pines High School in Cameron, North Carolina, but didn’t put where he was going.

Quinn was Westwood’s offensive coordinator in 2016 under Curtis before leaving to take the head coaching job at Union Pines. He was 11-11 in two seasons at Union Pines and led the school to its first winning season in 10 years when it went 6-5 in 2017.

“I’m excited to come back home. In this profession, most coaches fall in love with one place,” Quinn said. “I fell in love with this school and this team in my time here. So I’m blessed to have the opportunity to come back and thankful that Dr. Guy and Jason Powell trusted me in this position. It’s time to get to work.”

Before Westwood, Quinn spent two seasons as an assistant at Darlington and two years at Westside High School.

As a player, Quinn was part of multiple state title teams at Byrnes High School under current South Carolina tight ends coach Bobby Bentley. After his high school playing days, he spent one season at Vanderbilt before finishing his career at Presbyterian, where he played receiver and was the team’s long snapper.

Quinn earned second-team all-Big South honors as a long snapper in 2009.

Quinn will be one of five new head coaches in Region 3-4A, joining Lancaster’s Marcus Surratt (interim), South Pointe’s DeVonte Holloman, Richland Northeast’s William Richardson and York’s Dean Boyd.

Westwood went 7-5 this season and has made it to the second round of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

The Redhawks will return several talented players from last season including quarterback Ahmon Green, running back Deshawn Boyd, receiver Christian Horn and WR/S Cam Atkins. Horn won the 400 meters title last weekend at the S.C. High School League track and field championships.

Westwood has started spring practice with its assistants leading practices.

With Westwood’s job filled, Irmo is the lone Midlands school without a football coach. Interviews are underway to replace Reggie Kennedy, who left for Manning last month.