Daryl Cherry and his wife Ebony Cherry (Facebook Photo)
The Kempsville Chiefs will look to break their losing streak with Daryl Cherry at the helm
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Kempsville Chiefs football program hasn’t won a game since 2013.
That was two coaches ago.
Jamaine Paddyfoot was leading the team when they beat Tallwood 25-20 on September 27. Since that win, Kempsville lost 6 games to finish the 2013 season and are now on a 56-game winning streak.
Kempsville has hired Tallwood Defensive Coordinator Daryl Cherry to turn the football program around. The hire was announced on Monday.
“I’ve always wanted to be a head coach. I’ve put my name in the hat for several positions and I’m excited for the opportunity,” Cherry stated. “I left Ocean Lakes to fix Green Run (as an assistant coach under Ray Gatlin), so I understand what those guys feel and I want them to know what winning feels like.”
In his tenure as assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Tallwood, the Lions have a 22-21 win-loss record and they’ve reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
Cherry has coached football for 15 years, all of it in the Beach District. He played his high school ball at Green Run under Cadillac Harris (as a teammate of Plexico Burress) and was a scholarship football player at Liberty University. Daryl was also an assistant coach at Ocean Lakes under Jim Prince. He was an assistant coach with Chris Scott at that time and was also an assistant coach at Green Run with current Indian River head coach Glenwood Ferebee. Ferebee and Cherry played high school football together.
Coach Cherry knows how competitive Beach District football can be. Kempsville’s last winning season came in 2005 when they went 8-2 and missed the playoffs. The bar for the playoffs is much lower now and that means success at Kempsville could come much more quickly.
“My passion is to build strong, young, productive men and play great football.”
– Andy Hilton