Russell Zehr was named the new football coach at Cane Bay High School. He replaces Jeff Cruce, who took the job at Berkeley.
Zehr, a native of Pendleton, has nearly 20 years experience and was the Cobras' defensive coordinator before landing the top job. He also coached tennis and varsity basketball at the school.
"It's obvious Russell has a genuine passion and commitment, not only to Cane Bay High, but to the student athletes he works with," said Charlie Davis, athletic director for the Berkeley County School District. "He's played a role in successful programs that have garnered state championships in the past. What's more, he's a wonderful role model for our students."
"It is a great honor to be selected to lead this football program into the future," Zehr said. "We have worked extremely hard over the past three years to build this program, and I am grateful that Dr. Westberry and the district had faith in our coaching team to continue that success."
Zehr has worn many hats throughout his coaching career, including varsity football, basketball, track, tennis and golf. In 2003, he was named the Region 1-A coach of the year for his leadership in varsity basketball at Ninety Six High School.
He spent more than a decade as the assistant football coach there, and was instrumental in helping the team win two state championships (2000 and '01.)