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Aiken names Montgomery new football coach

Posted: May 17, 2017 - 2:20am
J.W. Montgomery speaks during Wednesday’s news conference announcing him as Aiken’s new head football coach.

AIKEN - J.W. Montgomery gathered his future players together and listed what he expected of them starting next month, from hard work in the weight room to discipline and focus on the field.

Montgomery was named Aiken's new head football coach Wednesday during a news conference at the school. The former Irmo offensive coordinator wants to return the Hornets to their past success.

"Sometimes when you have that opportunity, you say ‘Why not us?' " Montgomery said. "Here at Aiken, ‘Why not us?' Let's go for that state championship."

Montgomery takes over an Aiken program that went 3-7 last year and was bounced from the Class AAAA playoffs in the first round under coach Brian Neal, who left to live closer to home in Ninety Six, S.C. The Hornets have one winning season in the past eight years and have not advanced past the first round since 2005.

Aiken's new coach described himself as an "old school, new school mix," preaching hard work and discipline while implementing fresh schemes and using numbers to his advantage.

"When it comes to athletes, we put them in space and let them make plays," he said. "I'm a spread guy. I like to run the spread offense. Bottom line is, our offense fits what we have. I try to keep a balanced offense. I want to be able to run the ball and pass the ball equally."

Montgomery will teach math in addition to coaching football. He earned degrees from American Public University and South Carolina State University, and, before Irmo, he has coached at Fairfield-Central, Lower Richland and Dutch Fork.

His hiring was approved by the Aiken County Board of Education during Tuesday's meeting.

"Coach Montgomery is a high-energy guy who thrives on fostering strong, positive relationships, and we feel that he will serve as an excellent resource for the students of Aiken High School," Aiken principal Garen Cofer said.

 

Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216 or david.lee@augustachronicle.com.

 

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