Columbia, SC (WLTX) — Being the head coach at Ridge View is not an easy job, but that didn’t scare away Perry Parks from wanting to see if he could be the one who could take the program back to where it was in 1998 when former coach Kirk Burnett led the program to the 4A state finals.
After Burnett left for Airport, his defensive coodinator was promoted but after 11 years as head coach, Raymond Jennings and the school parted ways.
Since 2007, the most wins Ridge View has had in one season is three. You could blame that on being in tough region with the likes of Dutch Fork and Westwood. The football program has not had a full-time strength coach until last year, meaning other programs were ahead of the Blazers even before the preseason began.
But Parks is ready to change the notion that there are too many challenges in the way for Ridge View to be a consistent winner. When he was at Lakewood, Parks was anything but stationary on the sideline and that approach paid off last season with a 6-5 record and a spot in the Class 3A playoffs.
Now, Parks’ energy and passion will be on display every Friday night as he begins the process of restoring pride in Blazer football.