Wednesday, July 10, 2013
St. John’s Christian Academy has a new football coach.
Just 30 days after former coach Bill McCall resigned, the Cavaliers named former Berkeley Stags assistant coach Matt Gilbert as their new varsity football coach.
Gilbert is a 2007 alumnus of Northwood Academy and a 2011 graduate of Charleston Southern University, and according to SJCA Bob Winters, is a perfect choice to replace the outgoing McCall.
“We are very pleased to have Matt on board,” Winters said. “Matt has a strong Christian background and a love for and knowledge of the game of football that makes him ideal for St. John’s Christian Academy.”
Gilbert’s coaching resume includes four years as a student assistant coach at Charleston Southern and one season as an assistant under Jeff Cruce at Berkeley.
“Matt is a great fit for St. John’s and their football program,” Cruce said. “He has a strong Christian work ethic and an overall knowledge of the game of football. I wish him well and great success in his new endeavor.”
McCall resigned on June 1 after 12 seasons with the Cavalier football program. In 2012, McCall led SJCA to the SCISA 8-Man Football State Championship game and a 14-2 record.
Gilbert’s first order of business is to fill the pieces left by this spring’s graduating class that includes a quarterback. The good news is All-State running back Rashae Bey, who rushed for more than 2,800 yards in 2012, is returning.
With the 2013 season six weeks away, Gilbert will hit the ground running.
“We feel fortunate to have found a football coach with all the qualities we were looking for,” Winters said. “Coach Gilbert will begin his duties immediately.”
Gilbert was to meet SJCA players, students and parents in a reception on Monday, July 8.