The Patriots are pleased to announce that Stephen Russell will be our designated medical provider at all of our football games and contact scrimmages. Mr. Russell has been a long time supporter of the Patriots and his son Zachary is a Patriot alumni. Stephen’s certifications and experience include North Carolina EMS – Paramedic designation. Stephen has also served as a fire fighter/paramedic/honor guard commander/lieutenant at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department in Durham, North Carolina.
The Sandhills Patriots pride themselves on their amazing Coaches. ALL coaches are volunteers; NO coaches are compensated in any way for coaching or providing administrative assistance. Coaches are NOT reimbursed for gas, mileage, food related football activities. Our coaches volunteer because they believe in our program, our parents and, most importantly, our kids. The majority of our Coaches do not have children currently in our program and we do not condone nor practice “daddy ball.”
Erica Street is the Patriots’ Administrator and serves as liaison between the directors of our organization and the coaches, parents and players. Tom provides Erica information to distribute to the families via email and text. Erica is the secretary and treasurer of the Sandhills Patriots – all paperwork and financial resources for the Patriots come through her. If parents, players or prospective participants of our Organization have questions or concerns that need to reach the directors or coaches, Erica is the main contact person.
Coach Tom Van Camp
Coach Tom Van Camp is the managing partner of the Law Firm of Van Camp, Meacham and Newman, located in Pinehurst, NC. Tom attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where he played both football and lacrosse. After helping to create the Sandhills Optimist football program and coaching for 4 years with the Optimist, Tom and Craig Baggett created the Sandhills Patriots, which is now established as a non-profit corporation in the State of North Carolina. Tom and Craig are currently the directors of Sandhills Patriots, Inc. Tom is responsible for the overall management of the Patriots and coaches the varsity squad, focusing on the offensive side of ball.
Coach Craig Baggett has been married to Joan Baggett for 32 years with 4 sons, Kyle, Brett, Craig & Thomas. Craig lives in Pinebluff and is a member of Ives Memorial Baptist Church. His mother is Viola and his father Thomas (deceased) retired from the Army. Craig has a brother Scott and a sister Joanne. Craig coached his sons in baseball, basketball & football. This is Craig’s 6th year with the Sandhills Patriots. Craig has also coached at Southern Middle & Pinecrest High School and is currently the General Manager at Kees Appliance Center in Aberdeen for 22 years.
Coach Billy Good is a USA Certified football coach. He helped to start the Optimist Flag Football Program. During his first year with the Sandhills Patriots, he was the Head Defensive Coordinator for our JV team and has since been coaching the Varsity linemen. Coach Good believes that this program was built one kid at a time and he tells the players to “never quit until the whistle blows!”
Coach Billy Gray is a USA Certified football coach. He served as the Sandhills Optimist Head Coach for Flag Football from 2006-2008. Coach Gray began coaching the Sandhills Patriots Prep wide receivers in 2009 and in 2010 he became the General Manager for our JV team, while continuing to coach JV Special Teams and running backs. In 2011 he became the Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for our JV team.
Coach John McFay has coached for the Sandhills Optimist Football League for 3 years prior to joining the Sandhills Patriots in 2010. John’s primary focus is on the defensive side of the ball for the JV squad. He has played rugby for a total of ten years as scrum-half and hooker for the Midland Barbarians, Northern Michigan University Moosemen and the Detroit Tradesmen. Coach McFay encourages his players to “always continue to strive to be the best – on and off the field.”
Coach Amy Arias will be coaching the 2015 Varsity and JV Cheer Squads as well as the competition squad. Amy and her two daughters have been with the Sandhills Patriots Cheer leading program for 3 years and this will be her 2nd year coaching. She started coaching cheer with Southern Pines Parks and Recreation in 2002 and coached with them through 2009 until her two daughters moved on to competition cheer. She has many years of experience with competition cheer with her daughters in CEA Sanford and Western Harnett. She has also been a part of two National championships with the Western Harnett Youth Recreation competition cheer team. Aside from coaching cheer, she also helps out with various school activities and sports throughout the County including baseball, softball and t-ball.
We have several community members, businessmen and alumni who volunteer as Assistant Coaches as well.