LAURINBURG — Scotland assistant football and baseball coach Matt Stack has accepted the head coaching job for the football team at McMichael High School in Mayodan, N.C.
Stack joined the Scotland program last June and coached the outside linebackers as well as helping defensive coordinator Sean Burnett call plays. Before coming to Scotland, Stack coached at several schools, the most recent of which was Fairmont, where he was the defensive coordinator. This will be his first head coaching stint for football.
Stack graduated from Northwest Cabbarrus High School in Kannapolis, N.C. in 2003 and played in college at Gardner Webb and Clemson.
McMichael competes in a Class 3A conference with nine other teams. McMichael went 0-11 last season, while Northern Guilford won the conference with an overall record of 12-3 and 7-1 in the conference.
Stack said McMichael got in touch with him after the state championship game and asked if he would be interested in coming to take a look around the school. The hire was made official this week. Stack said he plans to take the knowledge he learned from working with Scotland and fuse it with his own ideas at McMichael.
“I’ll try to implement some of what we did here on defense,” Stack said.
However, the offense he will run will look very different from what Scotland fans have seen lately, as Stack said he will run the air raid offense, which places a heavy emphasis on the passing attack.
Scotland head coach Richard Bailey said Stack did an outstanding job with Scotland, and although he never likes to lose a coach, it is a sign of how Scotland’s program is viewed.
“It speaks volumes of this program that other schools like to pick our coaches. The Scotland coaching tree is continuing to grow,” Bailey said. “He’ll do a great job and he’s enthusiastic.”
Stack also worked as an assistant with the Scotland baseball team, as he has head coach experience in that sport. He will stay with the school until after the school year, but he will not coach with the team anymore so he can concentrate on his family and prepare for the new role.