The highly successful defensive coordinator at one of the state’s elite high school programs has accepted the job as head football coach at Goose Creek High School.
Jason Winstead, who helped lead South Pointe High of Rock Hill to five state championships in seven seasons, including four consecutive titles over the last four seasons, will take on the task of rebuilding the Goose Creek program. Goose Creek, once the dominant program in the Lowcountry, managed just 15 wins over the last three seasons and finished 2-8 last fall.
“I am so excited to be the head football coach at Goose Creek and we will work very hard to put a winning product on the field,” said Winstead, a graduate of Clemson. “I see great potential there. They have great athletes and great community support. They want to win. I want to win. I see a lot of similarities between South Pointe and Goose Creek. I can’t wait to get down there and get started.”
South Pointe is 92-11 over the last seven seasons.
Winstead also interviewed for the opening at Stratford, which was filled by Dennie McDaniel last week. The coach remembers traveling to Goose Creek during the 2013 state playoffs when South Pointe played the top-ranked Gators. South Pointe won the game but Winstead remembers the atmosphere and the intensity of the players.
“It was a packed house and their fans were really behind their team,” he said. “They were really good, very athletic. They have the ingredients in place to win there.”
Winstead is the son of a coach and grew up on the football field. He graduated from Boiling Springs High in Spartanburg and also worked as an assistant at Daniel High while at Clemson. He calls current Berkeley head coach Randy Robinson, who he worked with at Daniel, a close friend.
“Randy was very helpful during this process and is someone I have a lot of respect for,” Winstead said. “He says Berkeley County is a great place to coach high school football. I want to be in a place where winning football is important but also where developing great young men is just as important.”
Winstead hopes to install a spread offense that will feature a balance between run and pass. His first challenge will be to put together a coaching staff in time for spring practice in May.
Winstead and his wife Anna have two children, Henry (12) and Emily (9).