Poole named Cheraw head football coach

Poole said that he is honored to be chosen for the position.

“Cheraw is very rich in tradition and I am thankful that I can now add to that for years to come,” he says. “I was born and raised in Cheraw and no one works harder than someone defending their home. I plan on hitting the ground running and meet with the coaching staff and players as soon as possible.”

He added that his first order of business is going to be meeting with the other coaches and getting the players working out in the weight room.

“I know I have some big shoes to fill due to all of the success that Cheraw is used to, but we have a great coaching staff, roster of athletes and support staff to put us in contention immediately,” Poole said.

He added that he is thankful to Principal Jason Bryant and Athletic Director David Byrd for the opportunity.

Offensively Poole said that he plans to use a power run game under center as well as in the spread, and defensively, an attacking and aggressive multiple front defense. He also said that an emphasis on academics and helping student-athletes prepare for future endeavors are going to be cornerstones of his program.

“Coach Poole is a valuable member of our community, faculty, and athletic program,” says Bryant. “We are excited about his vision and passion for the Cheraw High Football program and look forward to him continuing our proud tradition in football. As a Cheraw High graduate and former Cheraw High football player, he is committed to our school and promoting our student-athletes.”

Byrd said that Poole will do a great job in continuing the tradition that is already established in the Braves program.

“His great enthusiasm and energy will provide the opportunity for this football program to reach new heights in the future,” says Byrd.

Poole graduated from Cheraw High in 1998, and earned Bachelor of Science from Francis Marion and a Masters of Sports Administration from United States Sports Academy.

He first joined the Braves’ football staff as an assistant in 2004. He also had a 42-17 record as the Braves’ JV football head coach, and has also coached softball, baseball, and wrestling at Cheraw.