Coach Kermit Buggs (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Kermit Buggs is picked as the next head football coach of King’s Fork
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
In recent years, football at King’s Fork has risen to prominence.
For years, no Suffolk school had made the football playoffs since the school district joined the Southeastern District and rose into what was Group AAA.
Current Ocean Lakes head coach Joe Jones was the first to get King’s Fork to the postseason. Scottie Littles came to King’s Fork and built on that success, running the Bulldogs record to 21-15 in three seasons. The Bulldogs went to the playoffs in all three seasons.
2017 was Littles’ most successful campaign at King’s Fork as the Bulldogs snapped Oscar Smith’s 99-game Southeastern District winning streak in the season finale, then went on to play in the Region 4A final against Lafayette.
Enter Kermit Buggs.
On Monday afternoon, Buggs was announced as the new hire at Kings Fork and he brings impressive credentials with him.
High School coaching is familiar to Buggs. He coached at Surry County for five years, leading the Cougars to a 14-0 record and a state championship in 1999. Most recently, Buggs was an assistant coach for Bobby Wilder at Old Dominion. He was ODU for the past five seasons. Prior to that, he coached at Penn State, UConn and Lock Haven.
The 2018 Bulldogs went 5-5 in the regular season and won a playoff game, finishing 6-6 after a second round lost to eventual Class 4 State Runner-up Lake Taylor.
Buggs’ return to the high school ranks brings him closer to his old stomping ground of Surry County. He’s familiar with the kids in Western Tidewater after recruiting locally for Old Dominion. Buggs his high school ball at Kecoughtan and college ball at Norfolk State.
The hometown guy has deep roots in the 757. That will serve the King’s Fork Football program well.
– Andy Hilton