McCLELLANVILLE – Oceanside Collegiate Academy has a new head football coach.
On Tuesday, Chad Grier introduced himself to the Landshark football team. He is replacing interim coach Michael Bronco, who took over the team several games into its inaugural season following the sudden resignation of head coach Charlie Stubbs.
Prior to accepting the job at Oceanside, Grier was the head coach of Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina. He founded that school's football program, and begins preparing Oceanside for what will be its second year.
While speaking with the team in one of the school's classrooms, Grier said playing for him won't just be about football.
“We're here to build a program and a culture we can be proud of. And I'm glad you guys will be a part of it,” he said.
Grier is bringing a decorated history to the Oceanside. In his five-year career at Davidson Day, he put together a 64-9 record, including four state championships. In addition, 32 of his players have gone on to play college football in the SEC, Big 12 and other major conferences.
Grier’s players are also known to perform well in class. Last school year, the average GPA of his team was 3.84.
Brenda Corley, president of Oceanside, said Tuesday that she's excited to have Grier on board. She said the past three months have included a lot of busy days and sleepless nights because she wanted to find the right person to lead the Landsharks into their second football season.
Last year, the team was unable to win a game. Grier was the perfect choice, Corley said, because he’s committed to excellence.
“He understands that we’ve only been in existence for a semester, and he’s excited about that,” Corley said. “He’s ready to get to work and we know our students will embrace him.”
During Tuesday’s address to the players, Grier said his main goals include winning the support of his team and making sure they perform well in the classroom. Winning football games wasn’t on the list.
“If we do what we’re supposed to do, the winning will come. That’s the easy part,” he said.
Part of the process, he added, is making everyone understand their goals.
Grier made sure each player had a sheet of paper and a pencil. He told them to write down their personal goals, and then asked them to write down why they came to Oceanside.
Grier said he was going to read each response Tuesday night because he wanted to get an idea of the types of players he has.
“You are what you do,” he said. “Our goal is to create habits that will translate on the field, in the classroom and throughout your life.”
Grier was named the 2016 head coach for the FBU Freshman All American Bowl. He played quarterback in college at Richmond and East Carolina.