LAURINBURG — Scotland County Parks and Recreation has a new assistant athletic supervisor.
Justin McNickle has been officially named to fill the role after Raymond Moody retired after 15 years in the role. Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Newton made the announcement on WLNC Saturday, saying that the department interviewed several candidates before reaching the decision. McNickle has worked with Parks and Recreation in a different role since for almost a year and a half, in which he was in charge of setting up fields and running the soccer leagues.
“I’ve always loved sports and Scotland County and it was a chance for me to get involved, so that’s how I got started,” McNickle said.
His new role will be to help athletic supervisor Al Blades in whatever areas he needs help, whether it is finding sponsors for jerseys, ordering uniforms or finding coaches.
“I am very humbled and thankful to be named the new assistant athletic supervisor for Scotland County Parks and Recreation. Many people in this community have had a great influence on my life,” McNickle said. “I want to thank my parents first and foremost, they have always been supportive when it come to me and sports.”
“The Gallmans, for giving me a great opportunity with WLNC and especially my wife Amanda McNickle for being the backbone of our family. Al Blades and Shannon Newton for giving me the opportunity, and Raymond Moody for setting the bar high and for his service to this great community. Richard Bailey, James McLean and Kenny Fore have also been a big influence in my life, and all I want to do while in this position is to help our youth through sports,” McNickle said.
A 2002 graduate of Scotland High School, McNickle has been involved in local sports for a long time, as he wrestled and played baseball for the Scots. He was a two-time conference champion wrestler and qualified for state in both of those season. He has also coached and umpired baseball for 14 years.
McNickle also works with WLNC where he covers all local sports and prepares daily sports updates, as well as co-hosting the station’s Saturday morning sports talk show and doing sideline reporting during football season. McNickle said he plans to continue working with the station.