South Carolina High School Football Hall of Fame Coach Phil Strickland to retire at the end of 2021

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Newberry head coach Phil Strickland will end his high school football coaching career at the end of this season. Strickland made his intents known earlier this week. This year will be Strickland’s 34th year as a high school football head coach.

As a head coach, Strickland has never missed the postseason. He’s won five state championships, two with Batesburg-Leesville (1995, 1999) and three with Gaffney (2003, 2005, 2006). Strickland has taken Newberry to three state championship game, but hasn’t been able to claim a title with the Bulldogs.

Stickland, who is a member of the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, owns 334 career victories.

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