How did coach Bobby Carroll and the York Cougars football team get to the S.C. AAAA Division II championship game? “The Process.”
Carroll’s tireless work ethic, talent evaluation and keen ability to “coach ‘em up,” as he describes it, have led York Comprehensive High School to four straight 10-win seasons, a first for the school.
The Cougars were 12-3 this year in making it to the state title game.
“It all starts with the players and the coaches, having great relationships between the coaches and players,” Carroll said.
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This year’s “Process” marks Carroll’s seventh time at the state championship, with three different teams. He went four times as a defensive coordinator in the late 1980s and ’90s under Jimmy “Moose” Wallace at Northwestern.
He later started South Pointe High’s program, making two state championship appearances in five years, winning in 2008. Those Stallions teams boasted current NFL players Jadeveon Clowney of the Houston Texans and Stephon Gilmore of the Buffalo Bills.
Carroll grew up in York, which makes talk of “The Process” that much more emotional.
“He loves this community and they have embraced him,” Wallace said. “Bobby is truly one of the best; he loves to teach young men in all aspects of life.”
Though York came up short in the school’s first state-championship appearance since 1986, losing 49-28 Dec. 6 to Spartanburg, Carroll and the Cougars already are restarting the “The Process” to return to Columbia, where the state championship game is played, next year.
“Four years ago, we set a process up that we were going to work on and these kids bought into it, these freshman, and they’re in Columbia now,” said Carroll.
“We’ll go back and begin right after Christmas and work hard this off-season and try to get here again.”