Lake City, SC - LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - Lake City High School didn't have to look far to find its new head football coach to replace Justin Gentry, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Chapin High School.
Offensive coordinator Jim Rowell was named Friday to take over as head coach of the Lake City High School football team. Rowell assumed his responsibilities immediately as head coach, with spring practice set to begin in May.
"I'm extremely excited to have this opportunity," Rowell said. "We have a good program at Lake City, and the expectations are high. With the coaching staff and players we have, I expect us to continue moving the program forward."
Rowell was hired as an assistant coach for the Panthers in 2004. He accepted the head coaching position at C.E. Murray High School in 2006, but returned to Lake City as offensive coordinator in 2008. His offensive schemes helped lead the Panthers to an 11-2 record last season and into the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
"The players seemed very excited and happy when we met with them and made the announcement," said Florence County School District Three Superintendent Beth M. Wright.
Rowell began his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant at Wade Hampton High School where he spent four years before going to Salisbury High School in North Carolina as an assistant.
"We are excited about the future of Lake City High School football under the leadership of Coach Rowell," said Wright. "He brings a wealth of football experience as well as existing relationships with the coaching staff and players. Coaches and players at the school along with people in the community have expressed to me their support of his selection as head coach."