Monday, August 1, 2011

Ex-Panther Minter to coach at J.C. Smith

Former Carolina Panther Mike Minter is leaving his high school football head coaching job at Concord First Assembly to take a position at Johnson C. Smith University.

Minter, 37, said he wants to be a college head coach someday and is making this move - to be co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs and special teams coach - to build his resume.

“My goal is to be a head coach in the college ranks,” he said, “and what better way to get started than at Johnson C. Smith and help them turn that program around and make it a winning program.”

Minter coached at First Assembly for three seasons, leading the team to a 33-4 record and two straight N.C. Independent Schools state championships in 2009 and 2010. He said the 2011 team will average about 280 pounds on the offensive and defensive lines and feature defensive ends who stand 6-foot-6 and 6-4.

His son, star tailback Mike Jr., has moved to Nebraska, where he will live with his grandparents and attend a 4A public school. Minter and his son hope for Mike Jr. to play for Nebraska, where Minter played.

Even without Mike Jr., Minter says First Assembly will be strong again this season.

“We’ve got a pretty good football team coming back,” said Minter, adding that existing staff will coach by committee this season. “We’re pretty stacked again. I just don’t see anybody scoring too many points on us on defense.”


Anonymous said...

Aren't they supposed to be really good every year, but get absolutely blown out anytime they play a team like Country Day or Latin?

Anonymous said...

They have shied away from CCDS and Latin in the past, but yes, they will get blown out. I think they play CCDS this year.

Anonymous said...

Latin had them scheduled last year then First Assembly backed out. Minter was quoted saying they were trying to play both them and Country Day. Both of those coaches said they have open dates and are good to go (McNulty even said he had them lined up for week 1 last year).

Loved Minter with the Panthers, but as far as high school coaching goes, he has no prayer against these two teams, regardless of his players.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone care other than CCDS or Latin?

Anonymous said...

Bill Walsh would get blown out vs Country Day if he had First Assembly's players.

How dumb are some people here?

sportsrecruiter said...

First Assembly will be fine without him. He will be missed but the current staff will still be in place. They have young fresh talent while rebuilding with one of the largest freshman classes in years. They also have a 6'6 tight end and a speedy 6'1 freshman wide receiver Dominique Geter.

Anonymous said...

I wish he would have gotten hired at UNC-Charlotte. He could have been a defensive coordinator with Chuck Amato! What an awesome combination that would be!

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that First Assembly is only a 2-A school while CL and CD are both 4-A