Pope earns award for service

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By The Staff

From Release

Mike Pope, former Indian Land High School football coach, was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the S.C. Football Coaches Association on Feb. 13 in Myrtle Beach.

Pope has coached for 34 years at nine schools in South Carolina. He began his career at his alma mater, Piedmont High, in 1974.

He later coached at Lancaster, Sumter, Blackville-Hilda, Indian Land, Goose Creek, Seneca, Hillcrest, Lakewood and Walhalla high schools.

His record as head coach was 38-6 at Blackville-Hilda and 27-58 at Indian Land.

Pope was the 1988 S.C. Football Coach of the Year when he won the Class A Football state championship at Blackville-Hilda.

He has held several positions as coach and athletic director. He has coached football, basketball, track and field, soccer and weightlifting.

He was region coordinator for four terms of service and Class A president and vice president for two terms.

He was an assistant in the 1996 Shrine Bowl and an assistant in the North-South game in 1991.

Pope is the founder and camp director of the “Hawg Tuff!” offensive line camps for 19 years. More than 14,000 boys and one girl have attended the camps.

He has led camps in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Ohio. He has camps scheduled for Florida, Texas and Utah this year. He also has a Web site, www.hawgtuff.net.

Pope will coach the offensive line at Wingate University in the fall.

He is married to Ginger Gardner Pope of Lancaster. They have three daughters, Taylor, Elizabeth and Sarah.