Officials at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville will hold a press conference Wednesday morning at 10am to name a new head football coach.
WITN-TV has learned that Rose defensive coordinator Todd Lipe will be promoted to head coach. Lipe will take over a program that won four consecutive state titles under Greg Thomas. Coach Thomas left Rose shortly after last season to take over the head coahing job at Choctawhatchee High School in Florida.
Coach Lipe is a 1986 graduate of East Rowan High School.
Todd was the Defensive Line Coach at Charleston Southern University, the first year that they fielded a football program (1991)
Coach Lipe was the Defensive Coordinator at Washington (NC) High School from 1992-1995.
From 1995-'97 he was the Defensive Ends Coach for Richmond County High School. Richmond County had a 22-6 record during this time. Todd was the Defensive Coordinator for Richmond County during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. During this time, Richmond County won 2 consecutive 4A State Championships and had a 31-0 record!
2001 saw Coach Lipe move to A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis as Defensive Coordinator. They were 11-3 and won their conference that year.
Todd moved to Rose H.S. in 2002. The Rampants won 4 consecutive 4-A State Championships during his tenure. According to Sports Illustrated, Greenville Rose finished #21 in the nation in 2006 and #24 in the nation in 2005.
Lipe has been the Defensive Coordinator for 6 State Champions in the past 8 years.