Berkeley names Daniel’s Robinson as head football coach

Randy Robinson has been the head football coach at Daniel High School for 10 years, compiling a record of 97-31. (Anderson Independent Mail)

After a search that took longer than expected, Berkeley High School has a new head football coach.

Principal Steven Steele confirmed Thursday the hiring of Daniel High head coach Randy Robinson as the school’s new head coach. Robinson, a former assistant at Berkeley, has been the head coach at Daniel for the last 10 seasons, compiling a 97-31 overall record.

“I am very excited to welcome coach Robinson back to the Stag family,” Steele said. “He will bring the experience and the excitement to the program that will motivate our student-athletes to meet and exceed their potential. We are looking forward to the great things to come from Stag football this fall.”

Robinson replaces Jeff Cruce, who was relieved of his duties in December after a 3-7 record during the 2015 season. Cruce was 25-32 in five seasons at Berkeley.

Robinson gained a sterling reputation as a defensive coordinator at Daniel, working under the highly successful Allen Sitterle for 10 years before ascending to the role of head coach. Under Sitterle, Robinson coordinated the defense for a pair of state championship teams (1995, ’98). As head coach, Robinson guided Daniel to a 14-1 record in 2013 but lost in the Class AAA state championship game to Myrtle Beach.

Berkeley was set to hire former head coach Jerry Brown about a month ago but the recommendation by Steele was not accepted by the Berkeley County School District. The job was advertised again for a week and Robinson, who did not apply the first time, threw his name into the ring.

Robinson worked as an assistant at Berkeley from 1990-1993 under former head coaches Dennis Swygert and Brown.

Robinson’s expertise at building solid defenses will be tested at Berkeley. The Stags were one of the worst defensive teams in Class AAA in 2015, yielding an average of 43.7 points per game. Berkeley allowed at least 70 points in three different games last season.

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