Obie Boykin has been named interim head football coach at Warhill High.
He succeeds Bryan Davis, who served as Warhill’s head coach for several weeks in June and early July, but resigned because of licensing difficulties he faced in getting a teaching job transferring from North Carolina to Virginia.
Boykin served as a Lions assistant coach the past four seasons under Billy Jarvis, who resigned in March after five seasons to take the head-coaching job at Middlesex High in Saluda. Boykin, a Surry County High graduate, was on the William and Mary football roster as a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for the 2005-07 seasons.
Boykin coached the quarterbacks and defensive backs, while serving for a time as de-facto head JV coach under Jarvis. Boykin said that because he’s been supervising Warhill’s players in the weight room and in conditioning most of the time since Jarvis’ resignation, he does not feel any pressure at assuming the head-coaching job two weeks prior to the start of practice. He feels two weeks is plenty of time to prepare himself for what he feels is his biggest challenge: organizing practices.
“I’ve been telling the kids since April, ‘No matter who coaches you, you’ll be putting on helmets Aug. 1, so you’ll have to be ready like everyone else in the state,’ ” Boykin said. “That’s why you’ve got to prepare, because football is always about working hard.’
“It will be a challenge to get the kids to understand that even though I’m still ‘Coach Boykin,’ I’ve got a different role now: I’ll be running the team. I think there is some stability in the program, because Coach (Skip) Kornish, Coach (Joseph) Berkley and myself have been working with the kids since last fall.”
Boykin said Kornish, who has coached the secondary and receivers, and line coach Berkley will remain on his staff. Boykin said he is confident that he and his assistants — he will hire others shortly — can continue the success of a program that has won 13 games and reached the playoffs the past two seasons.
“I think we have a chance to be very successful,” Boykin said of 2013. “Not very many programs have a chance to go to the playoffs three consecutive years, and the kids know the work they need to put in to do that.
"I feel we have a chance to put out a quality football team on Fridays."