East hires McClamrock
Kenneth McClamrock was approved as East Rowan High’s head football coach Monday night by the Rowan county schoolboard.
McClamrock, 32, has been an assistant at Concord since 2009, having a hand in the Spiders’ last two runs to the state 3A championship game. This will be his first stint as a head coach.
“I think East Rowan is a great place,” McClamrock said. “They have great facilities and a great fanbase. There’s always excitement. As an assistant coach the last few years when I would talk to other assistants about schools that attracted us, East always came up. I can’t wait to make Friday nights an exciting time.”
Danny Misenheimer coached the Mustangs for the last two seasons before resigning in January. East reached the third round of the state playoffs in 2012, going 8-5. The season was ended by Concord in overtime where McClamrock was on the other sideline taking note of the Mustangs.
“I’ll remember that game for a long time,” McClamrock said. “It was as an exciting game as you’ll see between two phenomenal teams.”
McClamrock will be the eighth coach in 12 years for the Mustangs and try to right the ship after a 4-8 season. He’s somewhat familiar with East, with Concord having played the Mustangs the last two seasons. Receiver Sam Wyrick broke a school record for receiving yards in a season last year and will be a senior as will quarterback Sam Wyrick.
“He’s got experience in all facets of the game,” East co-athletic director John McNeil said. “When we interviewed him, his excitement, his knowledge not only of our kids, but the game itself let us know he was going to be a good guy for East Rowan.”
McClamrock is a protege of Concord head coach Glen Padgett, having assisted Padgett at North Meck from 2002 to 2009 before coming to Concord. His focus at Concord was primarily with the run game. The Spiders’ Rocky Reid broke the Cabarrus County record for rushing yards in a season last year.
“Glen is one of the elite coaches in North Carolina,” McClamrock said. “A lot of who I am as a coach is through him. He’s given me a great foundation.”
McClamrock played tight end at CHS, graduating in 1999 and attending college at UNC Charlotte. McClamrock took a reduced role with the team after his wife Maggie gave birth to twins last year but still had an impact in the press box on game nights and preparation during the week.
The first team meeting with McClamrock will happen this week. East plans to hold a community meeting on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the school with McClamrock.