Summerville sticking with Call as head football coach

Joe Call talks to the team during the first day of high school football practice on July 31, 2015 at Summerville High School. Paul Zoeller/Staff

Now, it’s official.

Joe Call is no longer the interim head football coach at Summerville High School. The school announced Friday that Call, who served as the team’s interim coach last season, will remain as the Green Wave head coach for the future.

Call served as an assistant coach for nine years at Summerville under head coach John McKissick, who retired before the 2015 season after 63 years, 621 victories and 10 state championships with the Green Wave. Call, McKissick’s grandson, was an all-state quarterback at Summerville.

Summerville finished with a 4-8 record in 2015, and shortly after the season the school announced it would begin searching for a permanent coach. The feeling all along was that Call would be the front-runner for the position, but the school had nearly 50 applications for the job.

Call said he welcomed the open application and interview process for the job.

“Obviously, it’s Summerville and it’s a huge position so I had no issues with the administration wanting to make sure they found the right person,” Call said Friday. “I felt all along I would be the best candidate for the job. I didn’t have the resume that some others brought to the table, but I had a love for this program and for this community that no other applicants had. I was very confident in my vision for this program and I tried my best to relay that vision to the search committee.”

Part of his vision and plan for Summerville’s program includes changes within the current coaching staff. Call expects to reorganize the coaching staff and said there will be several new faces on the field in August.

“I have already reached out to some guys, former players here now in coaching,” Call said. “There are some changes coming. I have an obligation to put together a staff that will help our student-athletes be successful.”

Call said is excitement level has never been higher and he’s ready to move forward.

“I wanted to be the head coach at Summerville more than anything,” he said. “But my first priorities are faith and family. I wondered sometimes what I would do if I were not hired for this job and my wife and I prayed a lot. In the end, I had a peace knowing that I would be would okay either way. Obviously I am super excited at how it turned out but I would have been fine either way. It was in God’s hands.”