Perquimans Head Coach Ian Rapanick (Photo: Kaaren Stuart)
Ian Rapanick is the new head football coach at Perquimans (NC) High School
Yesterday was a good day for Ian Rapanick. The Hickory Grad, former ODU Football Student Assistant and Hickory High School assistant coach landed the head coaching job at Perquimans High School in Northeastern North Carolina.
It’s the first head coaching job for Rapanick.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity, I had a friend who has worked with the athletic director at Perquimans and I was fortunate enough to get an interview. It all worked out from there. I’m most looking forward to working with the kids and getting to know this community. Everyone here has been great and very welcoming to me and my fiancé. I am very blessed for the opportunity and very thankful for my time at Hickory,” said Rapanick.
For Hickory High School, it’s another branch off of the Jupiter Wilson coaching tree. Donnell Brown left Hickory a couple of years ago to take the head coaching job at Jamestown High School, and Darvin “D.J.” Alexander left in the same off-season to become the head coach at Booker T. Washington in Norfolk.
As much as Rapanick will draw from his experience as a player and a coach at Hickory, his game planning will be more inspired by his time at Old Dominion as long as the player personnel allows it.
“We’re going to be running the spread. It’ll be from Brian Scott from Old Dominion. As far as the defense goes, I will probably be running the same defense that I ran at Hickory so probably a 4-4. I just need to see if there are guys more comfortable with a different scheme,” Ian said. “We have some talent. I’m definitely looking forward to working with the kids. I’ve been down here today (Monday) and have seen a lot of the kids. The tools are here for sure.”
Although the high schools in Northeastern North Carolina are typically small, the competition can be fierce. The Pirates (inspired by ECU) were 5-5 in the regular season in 2016 and lost in the first round of the 1A North Carolina playoffs to Northampton County. For a local comparison, Perquimans whipped Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in the regular season last year by a score of 53-12.
“We’re going to be playing Edenton who played for a state championship last year, the competition is pretty good and we should be able to compete this year,” he said.
– Andy Hilton