East Burke names Derrick Minor as football coach

East Burke names Derrick Minor as football coach
Posted on 02/04/2020
Morganton, NC – Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

East Burke High School Principal Katie Moore announces Derrick Minor as the Cavaliers new head football coach. Minor started his teaching career in 2005 and head football coaching career in 2012. Most recently he was the head football coach at Fred T. Foard High School in Newton, where he took the team to its first back-to-back winning regular seasons and playoff win since 1982. He comes to East Burke after spending this school year at Oak Hill Elementary School.

Minor said, “I have been drawn to East Burke for a while now. There is a history of football success that will help us build upon. I have watched the administration over the past few years and how they support their coaches and athletic department. They want football to be successful and with their support and the buy-in from the players and community, I believe this will be a successful program.”

Moore said, “I am excited about Coach Minor’s passion for what he does on the football field and for students and student-athletes. His goals and vision for the Cavalier football program align with ours. He has a desire for students to not only succeed as great athletes but also as great young men. He wants to help the players develop character on and off the field and get them involved in the community.”

East Burke Athletic Director Jim Childers said, “Coach Minor’s goal is to ‘restore the sword.’ He understands the tradition of Cavalier football and has specific goals in mind to keep the tradition alive. We like that he has a proven track record, and was able to turn around programs similar to ours. We are excited about what he has in store for East Burke football.”

Minor’s motto is, “Building leaders on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” At Fred T. Foard, he started a youth night for the recreation league, hosted football camps and took athletes to read in elementary schools. He also involved his team in community outreach through schools, churches, and nonprofits.

Minor said his goal as a coach is to inspire young men who will demonstrate character, accountability, leadership, love, and service and leave the football program better than they entered it. He said, “Winning will take care of itself, but building a young man on and off the field will help him become better now, and 20 years from now when he is a husband and a father.”


Originally from Elon, North Carolina, Minor played football and baseball and wrestled in high school at Western Alamance High School. He has a master’s of arts in education from Elon University and a bachelor’s of science in physical education from NC A&T State. He is certified as a PE and weightlifting teacher and as a health specialist and strength trainer. His coaching accolades include being named the 2018 regional coach of the year and a 40 Under 40 NHSACA Award winner.

As a high school head football coach, Minor has a combined record of 49 wins and 38 losses. His coaching experience also includes head coaching stints at Rockingham High School, Wentworth, North Carolina, and Princeton High School, Princeton, North Carolina.

Minor is married to Lauren and they have two children, Emery and Landon. He said, “Faith and family are the most important things to me. My personal goal is to teach and coach in a supportive community, where my wife and I can live and raise our family. A player’s success after high school is important too; whether that is graduating high school and obtaining a job, attending college or playing football at the collegiate level. I will work with the young men and their families, to pursue the next level for our athletes.”

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “We welcome to East Burke High School football, Coach Minor. I know in his short time at Oak Hill he has already gained a following in Burke County and was named Oak Hill’s teacher of the year. I appreciate the East Burke High School administration for taking their time in the selection process and using their professional judgment to hire a teacher and a coach who has the best interest of our students in mind.”

Minor’s coaching highlights include:
2016-2018 Head Football Coach at Fred T. Foard High School, Newton, NC
2015-2016 Head Football Coach at Rockingham High School, Wentworth, NC
2012-2015 Head Football Coach at Princeton High School, Princeton, NC
2010-2012 Assistant Football Coach at Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC
2009-2010 Assistant Football Coach at Southern Alamance High School, Graham, NC
2005-2009 Assistant Football Coach at Graham High School, Graham, NC
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