Mavs promote Bailey to head football coach
Work ethic, attitude, discipline and leadership.
Those four traits are what Marvin Ridge High football coach Danny Bailey wants to instill in his players.
Bailey was introduced as the Mavericks' new head coach on Thursday evening. He replaces Scott Chadwick, who compiled a 41-20 record in five seasons at the helm.
"Wins and losses matter, but my main focus is to help build these kids into winners for life," said Bailey. "I want to take these young guys and turn them into great brothers, employees, and eventually husbands and fathers."
Bailey was on Marvin Ridge's staff last season, serving as the outside linebackers and strength and conditioning coach. He's been in the coaching business for 23 years in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
"I truly believe this is where the good Lord has put me and this is where I need to be," said Bailey. "This is just an ideal situation for me. I'm from Charlotte so I finally made my way back home. I'm working with a great administration, a great coaching staff and the kids are just awesome. They're dynamic, hard-working and very hungry. I look forward to helping this program get to the next level."
Bailey believes the familiarity with the players and coaching staff will make the transition easier for everybody involved.
"It makes it smooth as ice," said Bailey. "Being on staff and being in the weight room last season allowed me to develop relationships with the kids. As a strength and weight room guy, I was probably with the guys more than any other coach on the staff."
Marvin Ridge is coming off a 6-6 season. The Mavs qualified for the state playoffs before dropping a 15-12 decision to Charlotte Catholic in the first round.
The Mavericks are eligible to return three all-Union County selections from a year ago, including second-team tailback Jacob Henderson, second-team kicker Tyler Cochran and third-team quarterback Aaron Pilkington.
"We have a lot of kids coming back that have been in the system," said Bailey. "We are integrating some new philosophies and our job as coaches is to instill those and keep reinforcing them. It's all coming together and I couldn't ask for a better situation."
Marvin Ridge opens the 2013 season on Aug. 23 at West Montgomery. The Mavs were previously scheduled to open against Pageland (S.C.) Central on Aug. 24, but the Eagles cancelled.