Former Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry and ex-VMI coach Cal McCombs will serve as assistant coaches for Ralph Friedgen in the Medal of Honor Bowl college football all-star game set for next month at Johnson Hagood Stadium.



What: College football all-star game

When: 2 p.m. Jan. 11, 2014

Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium


Friedgen, former head coach at Maryland, will coach the American team during the game, scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 11, 2014. Ex-Dallas Cowboys coach Chan Gailey will lead the National team.

DeBerry, a native of Cheraw, was head coach at Air Force from 1984-2006 with a record of 169-109-1, winning three Western Athletic Conference titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

“Having a Hall of Fame coach like Fisher DeBerry next to you is humbling,” said Friedgen. “He’s proven himself to be the best of the best in his career.”

McCombs, a 1967 Citadel graduate and Bulldogs football player, track standout and former assistant coach, worked as an NFL scout for the Denver Broncos after stints at The Citadel, Air Force Academy and VMI.

“This should be very competitive football as each of these young men will be interviewing for a job with the NFL,” McCombs said. “Coaching with Ralph Friedgen and Fisher DeBerry for a week is something I would never pass up.”

Tickets are available at and at, or by phone at (800) 514-ETIX (3849). The Medal of Honor Bowl honors the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and the game’s beneficiaries, the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.