HAVELOCK - If anyone should know the keys to success at Havelock, it should be newly hired head football coach Caleb King. A gridiron star in his own right for the Rams, King was an East-West All-Star as a player coming up under the late Wilbur Sasser.
King then learned the ropes as a young coach as Jim Bob Bryant's defensive coordinator, helping lead the program to back-to-back-to-back state championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013. It wasn't long before schools were knocking on his door and he decided to take the reigns as head football coach at East Carteret in 2015. The Mariners struggling program had not seen a winning season in nearly a decade but King posted 11-3 and 12-2 records and quickly established himself as one of the hottest young coaching prospects in the state.
When Bryant announced this winter that he was headed to take over the program at Morganton Freedom, it was the obvious choice to bring King back home and let him lead his alma mater into its next era.
Always known for a great combination of size and speed, it didn't take me long to figure out the recipe for success at Havelock. While sure they have talent, and lots of it, the veteran coaching staff coaches these players about as hard as one can, and I don't mean hard as in effort or meanness, I mean hard as in vigorously pushing the young men as hard as one can to improve their physical and mental toughness.
Watching them coach hard doesn't mean abusing the players or showing an old-school Bear Bryant type mentality from the moving The Junction Boys, instead it's more pace, tempo, and holding the players accountable and pushing the young boys farther than they thought they could go.
On the flip side, has hard as they pushed, you could sense that they genuinely cared for each individual and was always there to offer praise for a job well done.
Click below for my complete interview with King.