My good friend Charles Alston let me know Monday morning that Rocky Mount High School has a new football coach. Richard "Dickie" Schock will succeed his former mentor, B.W. Holt, who announced his retirement last month.
Schock not only played for Holt at Starmount High but served as an assistant twice, most recently during the 2003 season, Holt's first at Rocky Mount. Schock, an Appalachian State University graduate, spent the last two seasons as head coach at Hillsborough Orange High where he was named coach of the year in the 2-A Mid-State Conference and by the Durham Herald-Sun last season.
Schock will be the third first-year coach in the 3-A Big East Conference, joining Fike's Kim Brown and Northern Nash's Mickey Crouch. Nash Central's Kevin Crudup will be in his second season leaving Southern Nash's Brian Foster and Randy Raper of conference newcomer Hunt as the elder statesmen in the group.