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Phillip Pruitt Gardner

Head Football Coach

Cherryville High School

HQ Phone: (704) 435-4506

Cherryville High School

313 Ridge Avenue

Cherryville, North Carolina 28021

United States

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Employment History

Graduate Assistant

Cumberland University

Special Teams Coordinator

Starmount High School

Education



Appalachian State University

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Pruitt accepts Cherryville challenge

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Pruitt accepts Cherryville challenge

Date: 6/24/02
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Pruitt accepts Cherryville challenge Freedom News Service By Phillip Gardner Tim Pruitt was only a senior in high school when he decided he wanted to coach.Now, after serving the past 10 years as an assistant football coach, he finally gets a shot at directing his own team.Pruitt comes from Starmount High School to accept the role as Cherryville High School's new head football coach, and he looks forward to the challenge."Ever since I started coaching - and I started when I was a senior in high school coaching a seventh/eighth-grade team - I knew I wanted to be a coach and be a head coach," Pruitt said."I've been looking to be a head coach for about three years now.I've had some interviews but not much success."Filling the position figures to be a daunting task.Pruitt, 32, inherits a program that has posted only one winning season in the past 23 years.He replaces Steve Wilson, who resigned May 29 after compiling a two–year record of 3-20, including a forfeit win over North Gaston last season."It's going to be a difficult task," Pruitt said."It'll be a lot of hard work.I hope I'm up to the task.I'm looking forward to it."Pruitt comes from a traditionally strong Starmount program that won the state championship and six conference titles during his tenure there as an assistant.He coached the Rams from 1992 until 1999, then went to Cumberland University as a graduate assistant in 2000 before returning to Starmount for the 2001 season.The Rams advanced to the regional finals in 1996 and 1997 before winning the 1A state championship in 1998.Pruitt spent the bulk of his time at Starmount as special teams coordinator.He also served as head wrestling coach at Starmount from 1993-2000 and head JV baseball coach from 1994-97.Cherryville principal Steve Huffstetler chose Pruitt from among seven applicants and five candidates and notified Pruitt of his decision Wednesday night.
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Pruitt won't meet his new players until next week, when he hopes to get them active in the weight room.But he already knows several people in the community.Pruitt attended Appalachian State University with current Cherryville assistants Scott Harrill and Scott Heavner.
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Pruitt said he'll try to implement a smash-mouth style of football at Cherryville.He'll likely use a wing-T offensive formation and a 4-3 defensive scheme.While Pruitt realizes history isn't on his side, he wants to lay a solid foundation by teaching the players a strong work ethic."My first goal would be to instill hard work and discipline into the program," Pruitt said."You're not going to get too far in life without those two words and that's something I've tried to do throughout my career."
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