Indian River Head Coach Glenwood Ferebee (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Vance High School outside Charlotte has hired Glenwood Ferebee
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
After five seasons as the head football coach at Indian River High School, Glenwood Ferebee is leaving for greener pastures.
He guided the Braves to a 10-0 season in 2018 and a slot in the Region 5B Final. It wasn’t until their 13th game that Indian River took a loss last year.
The Braves were dominant in outscoring opponents 538 to 119 in 2018. Ferebee also coached Indian River to their first win over Oscar Smith in 20 years last season.
In addressing the Chesapeake Sports Club last summer, Ferebee commented that 2018 would be the first time that the team would be complete with players who had come up through his system.
“A lot of people don’t realize that it takes a good four to five years to get your guys. The kids that are seniors now are the guys I came in with, so they’ve only heard one message for the last four years. They’ve heard the same voices over and over again, and eventually they buy in,” said Ferebee.
What made now the right time to leave?
“I have a younger son who lives in Georgia. Being closer to my son played a role (in the decision). I didn’t go looking for the job. They came looking for me. God works in mysterious ways,” said the coach.
“(Vance) just came off of a championship run where they lost by two points. I think they’ve been to the state championship for four out of the last six years. The pedigree is there. It’s not like the Indian River team that was 1-9 when I came in or the Lakeland program (that was 0-10 in Ferebee’s first season). So the mentality doesn’t have to change. I am going in, putting my stamp on the program and continue what they’ve been doing,” said Ferebee.
Ferebee leaves behind a lot of talent at Indian River. He’s seen top notch players like Jaquan Yulee (Marshall), Devon Hunter (Virginia Tech) and Ben Smiley (UVA) come through Indian River in his tenure. The current roster has four athletes who have already committed to play their college ball.
Earlier this month, wide receiver Tyrell Spruill committed to the US Naval Academy. Back in early March, defensive end Lincorey Lucas and ATH Cam Hunter committed to Liberty University on an unofficial weekend visit with the Flames. Just one week after the duo committed, running back/defensive back Lamareon James committed to the University of North Carolina on an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.
“All of (the kids) took it hard. There were kids shed on both ends, but they understood. No one was mad. No one was upset. When we’re coaching them, we’re teaching them to be better men. I have to put my son in front of everything because I haven’t been around him for eight years except for the summers,” Ferebee explained. “It was a positive. We hugged up. It left me feeling better about the situation than I have for the last five days.”
What’s next for Indian River? Glenwood’s brother Marc has been an assistant coach at Indian River for the last five years. It’s possible that the team could see some continuity with another Ferebee at the helm.
“Marc has been waiting on a shot (at a head coaching gig). He has been with me for ten years. I think he deserves a shot, especially since he’s been around the kids and how late it is,” said Ferebee.
For now, Indian River athletic director Mike Tribus will have to figure out what’s next. The school year is ending and the opening weekend of football season is just three months away. Indian River football will look to continue their tradition of success. Oscar Smith is re-energized with the hiring of Coach Chris Scott and Deep Creek is flying high again. High school football in Chesapeake will certainly be competitive for a long time to come.
– Andy Hilton