Norview Head Coach Dealton Cotton (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Dealton Cotton will fill the role of A.D. and head football coach at Norview
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Reggie Chavis regime lasted a season at Norview.
2018 Head Coach Reggie Chavis has turned in his resignation and former head coach Dealton Cotton will return to coach the Pilots for the 2019 season.
For Cotton, currently the athletic director, the decision was rather easy. The split was amicable.
“Coach Chavis decided to do something different,” said Cotton on Monday. “A lot of good things came from his season here.”
In 2018, Chavis guided the Pilots to a 4-7 record that included season ending wins over Wilson and Hampton, and a return to the playoffs. Cotton coached Norview in the five seasons prior to Chavis’ arrival, and in the last three seasons the Pilots were 30-8 under Cotton. Their best season came in 2016 when they lost to Highland Springs in the Class 5 State Semifinal.
When asked about the future of Norview football, Cotton explained: “we’re going to do things the way they were done before. We have the same kids we’ve had. I’m excited to be back. I have a staff to build and there are some good candidates already in the building.”
One coach that could provide continuity would be former assistant coach Karlynn Ferebee. Ferebee coached under Cotton for years and provided a steady hand under Coach Chavis last year. Chavis brought most of his staff over with him from Smithfield, but Ferebee was one of the coaches who stayed on the staff during the transition.
Norview has a solid corps of skill athletes to mold the program around. Rising junior Marqeese Dietz saw a lot of time at quarterback in his sophomore season, but he’s talented enough to play almost any skill position on the field. Rising sophomore running back Kaytron Allen should also return next fall. As a freshman, Allen rushed for 1,421 yards and 16 touchdowns in the regular season.
In other coaching news, Monday brought the announcement of the departure of Granby head coach Sekou Wilson and Kempsville head coach Nick Mygas. Kempsville is mired in a 56-game winning streak. Mygas’ tenure ended with an 0-40 record. Sekou Wilson took the reins at Granby when the Comets were seeing success. In 2012, Curt Brown coached the Comets to a 9-2 record. Over five seasons, Wilson had three 5-5 campaigns and a playoff appearance in 2017, but the team’s 0-10 record this year took a toll.
In addition to coaching openings at Granby, Kempsville and Princess Anne, the Peninsula District has openings at Bethel High School and Menchville High School.
– Andy Hilton