Kelvin Roller

New Georgetown High School football Coach Kelvin Roller speaks to players at the school on Thursday afternoon.

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Kelvin Roller

Roller

Kelvin Roller is the new head football coach at Georgetown High School. Roller was the offensive coordinator for the Dillon High School football team, which has won five state titles in the last six years, including four straight between 2013-16.

Georgetown Principal Craig Evans said Roller signed his contract Thursday morning. He then met with the team at 1:30 p.m.

His first order of business, Roller said, is to hire assistant coaches that make a “great culture.” “You’ve got to have great people,” Roller said. “We want to be able to expose our kids to great coaching and great influences. My coaches growing up through my playing days were always the most influential people on me. So we want to have coaches on our football staff that carry themselves the right way and give the kids discipline, but are also able to love them up and be role models.”

Roller also coached the Dillon softball team and previously taught and coached at his alma mater, Marlboro County High School. For his first football head coaching job, he said he thought Georgetown would be a good place. “You think you can make a difference and grow the program possibly,” he added.

Georgetown and Dillon were in the same region the last two years. “I noticed some great athletes on the programs that I’ve been exposed to at Georgetown,” he said.

Roller said he will continue to be the offensive coordinator at Georgetown. “I think that’s what’s gotten me to this point,” he said. “I’ve been successful doing that. I think that’s why I’m getting hired. … That’s what I’m good at.”

Roller played football, basketball and baseball at Marlboro County High. After graduating, he played quarterback for Charleston Southern University before transferring to Coastal Carolina University, where he graduated in 2006. He said his dream was always to be a coach, not a player.

“Some of that stems from my coaches being influential on me,” Roller said. “They seemed to enjoy their jobs. They enjoyed what they were doing. And it was an avenue to stay into sports.”

Along with Jackie Hayes at Dillon, Roller also coached with Dean Boyd at Marlboro County and David Bennett at Coastal Carolina. “Those are three great coaches to learn from,” Roller said. “I’ve learned a lot of football from those three.”

Roller called Georgetown “a great place to be in and a great community,” and said he likes that the city is close to the beach and Charleston.

Roller replaces Ken Cribb, who stepped down to become the football coach at Johnsonville. Roller is the third head coach for Georgetown football in the last for four seasons. Cribb replaced Bradley Adams, who stepped down in March 2016.