Highschool soccer: Affected person Billings will get head coach job – Salisbury Submit
Posted by Mike London
TYRO – Tyro, home of West Davidson High, welcomed former South Rowan standout Brian Billings, who still lives in rural Rowan County.
38-year-old Billings, a longtime assistant coach for the Green Dragons, was brought in for the job as head coach at West Davidson last week. He follows Bryan Lingerfelt, a highly regarded retired coach.
Billings has been with West Davidson since 2010. He liked the athletes, the administrators, and the work environment so there was never any urgent need to go to greener pastures. His patience was rewarded. Now he is the head coach in his adopted country.
“Tyro is a city with a traffic light,” said Billings. “Very similar to China Grove, only smaller. There are a lot of good people here. And we have kids who work hard and will play hard. “
Billings was a burly offensive lineman for South Rowan in the late 1990s when Rick Vanhoy was the Raiders head coach. Billings graduated from the South in 2000 and was good enough at blocking people to continue his career as a player in the Appalachian State.
In 2004 he helped out at South Rowan, his first coaching assignment.
Then he returned to Boone to graduate. He remembers the day in 2005 that changed the path of his life.
“I wanted to complete my teacher certification in Appalachian State, but my financial backing had failed and I sat there in Boone, had lunch and got ready to return home,” said Billings. “I wasn’t sure what was coming next, but then I got a call from Mark Woody.”
Woody would be the head coach at Carson and put his first staff together.
Billings would come to him for four seasons. Carson was 0-22 in 2006 and 2007, but the Cougars were good until 2009.
“I got my classroom experience as an EC teacher at Carson and a lot of football knowledge,” said Billings. “And I was able to complete my teacher certification by attending school at Pfeiffer part-time.”
Billings met the people of West Davidson – including former sports director Charles Elmore and former soccer coaches Barry Mitchem and Dale Barnes – through soccer clinics. Billings asked her to keep an eye on him in case there was ever an opening. You haven’t forgotten him. Billings made the move across the river in 2010.
It’s not that far. Take the shortcut to Swicegood Road and Tyro is only 19 minutes from Salisbury.
Billings married and raised a family. His son is now 8 years old. He also has a 2 year old daughter.
Time passed. Billings established himself as the head coach for track and field at West Davidson and became an integral part of the football staff.
For the past few years he has supported Lingerfelt on the soccer field while Lingerfelt has supported Billings on the track.
Now it is Billings’ turn to run the football program.
“When they tell you you’re the head football coach, it’s an honor and really exciting for about 5 seconds,” said Billings. “But then you start thinking about all the things you need to worry about.”
The Green Dragons know all about the change in coach, but Billings has not yet had a chance to meet with the players.
“It’s no secret – they all heard it through the grapevine,” said Billings. “I’ll meet our players this week or next. I also meet with our middle school students. Just let these children know what we are doing and when we are doing it, and make sure they know when to get their physical and similar things. “
Billings plans to continue the coaching track. This season is in full swing. He can’t fully devote himself to football until the track ends in June.
Then it will be time to make plans to attend the new 1A / 2A conference in Central Carolina this fall. The revised CCC will include West Davidson, Lexington, East Davidson, Thomasville, South Davidson, Salisbury and North Rowan.
West Davidson football was 2-5 in 2021, with wins against Lexington and East Davidson.
“The big schools in our current league – Ledford, Oak Grove, North Davidson – are all 3A,” said Billings. “We know we will have some tough battles to come, but the great thing about high school football is that it can be enjoyed any Friday night.”