Wilson’s new coach
Derek Howard has been named the new head coach at Wilson High School. He replaces Thomas Balkcom who recently resigned from the post.
Howard has more than 13 years of professional coaching experience, and for the past five years, he has served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Ridge View High School.
Prior to that, Howard worked at Keenan High School where he was offensive coordinator and quarterback coach (2008-2011) and head track coach (2008-2010). Coach Howard’s coaching career also includes stints at Fairfield Central High (2007), Lower Richland High (2006), and at Allen University (2004-2005).
Wilson High School Principal Dr. Eric Robinson said, “I am excited about the athletic energy as well as the academic prowess that Coach Howard brings to Wilson High School. I am confident that he will be a perfect fit for our athletic program, and we are happy to welcome him back home.”
Howard, who has roots in the Pee Dee, attended elementary school in Florence but moved away with his family at an early age.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia (2004). While at Morehouse, Coach Howard was a four-year starter at running back. Academically, he has served as a chemistry, physics, and physical science teacher at each of the high schools where he has coached.