Warriors’ Mayer tabbed for N-S All-Star contest

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Game set Dec. 14

By Robert Howey



Indian Land High School head football coach Michael Mayer will be beach-bound in mid-December.

Mayer, the Warriors’ head football coach and athletic director since the 2001 season, has been named as an assistant coach for the 65th annual North-South All-Star Football Game on Dec. 14 in Myrtle Beach’s Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

The annual prep football all-star game is played the week following the Weekend of Champions, the state championship football games, and features the top senior high school players in the state.

“It’s an honor and I look forward working with some of the top athletes and coaches from around the state,” said Mayer of his selection. “I hope it will motivate our rising seniors to work extra hard in the off-season, so one of them can be selected to play in the game.

“That would be quite an honor to have a player and coach in the game,” Mayer said. “It’s an honor to be in this game, and as a high school football coach in South Carolina, it is your goal to be selected for this game.”

Mayer will serve on a staff which includes head coach David Gutshall of Dorman High School in Spartanburg.

The North staff includes Phil Magdic (Greenville), Jerry Jackson (C.A. Johnson), John Moorefield (York), Scott McLeod (Chapin) and Mayer of ILHS.

The South stars will be led by Gilbert’s Barry Harley.

His assistants will be Jimmy Noonan (Wando), Kevin Crosby (Bamberg-Ehrhardt), Daryl King (Lake View), Steve Hall (Conway) and Carlisle Koonts (Hartsville).

Koonts formerly coached at Lancaster High School under Creig Tyler, 1983 and 1984. Koonts also coached soccer at Lancaster High.

Mayer, during his career at ILHS, has been named The Lancaster News High School Football Coach of the Year four times. He was also the Founders Federal Tri-County Coach of the Year for the 2010 prep football season.

He was selected a Carolinas Panthers Football Coach of the Week in 2005.

Mayer,  56-73 at ILHS, has produced five winning seasons, including an 11-2 mark in 2005.

Mayer also has a distinguised career as an athletic director, earning the S.C. Athletic Administrators Class A Athletic Director of the Year in 2005-2006.

He has been named region athletic director four times.

The South stars shut out the North 23-0 last December, breaking a seven-year losing streak. The South stars snapped a scoreless halftime draw with 23 points in the second half on the way to the win.

The North holds a 36-26-2 record in the overall series which began in 1948.

Mayer is the first Indian Land High School coach to participate in the game since the 2007 season when former Warriors’ assistant Bob LeRoy was a member of the North staff under head coach Ron Blackmon, a Heath Springs native who was then coaching at North Central.

The last Warriors’ last player in the game was former IL star Rondreas Truesdale, who played in the 2011 contest.