Former Norview Head Coach Dealton Cotton (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Norview to start a new head coach search as athletic director and coach Dealton Cotton will move on
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Norview Pilots will start a coaching search again.
After his departure as an assistant coach at Old Dominion, Dealton Cotton has been a steadying force at Norview High School.
In the summer of 2013, Cotton started as the head coach for the Pilots after the team had five head coaches over the previous four seasons. Coach Cotton stayed on for five years before being elevated to the position of athletic director in 2018. Reggie Chavis was hired to coach the 2018 season and Cotton returned as head coach, in addition to his duties as AD, for the 2019 season.
After a stretch of stability, Norview will have to find a new coach.
2005-2009 Robert Toran (18-22)
2010 Tom Long (two games) then Jonathan Wilson (0-10)
2011 Greg Gibson (6-4)
2012 Eddie Handsome (2-8)
2013-17 Dealton Cotton (39-21)
2018 Reggie Chavis (3-8)
2019 Dealton Cotton (2-8)
Cotton will move to Raleigh (NC) and take over as the head football coach at East Wake High School. He was quoted by Virginian-Pilot writer Larry Rubama as saying: “For the last four or five years, I’ve been trying to get closer to my family. This job came open in the Raleigh area, and it just felt like it was time.”
Coach Cotton has three brothers who live in the Raleigh area and his move will allow him to be no more than 20 minutes away from each of them.
The highlight of Cotton’s tenure at Norview was the team’s appearance in the Group 5A state semifinal in 2016. They lost to eventual state champion Highland Springs that year, but they finished at 11-3 that season. Cotton also led the Pilots to an 11 win season in 2014. In the four seasons prior to his arrival, the Pilots were 11-29 with no playoff appearances. That record includes a six-win season under Gibson.
In six seasons as the head coach at Norview, Cotton achieved a win-loss record of 41-29, had five playoff appearances, and sent several student-athletes off to high profile schools. The class of 2017 was especially prolific. Running back Kevin Marks is now a redshirt sophomore at Buffalo, along with cornerback and fellow classmate Isaiah King. Out of that same recruiting class, quarterback Darriel “D.J.” Mack, Jr. went to UCF where he is also a redshirt sophomore.
Cotton’s coaching career is well connected to the 757. He played high school ball at Granby and college ball at East Carolina. He started coaching in 2001 as the head coach at Hertford (NC) High School then spent four seasons at Maury before being hired by Bobby Wilder to join the staff at Old Dominion.
His move to North Carolina makes him the second high school coach from the 757 in two years to make that move. Former Indian River head coach Glenwood Ferebee moved to the Charlotte area in 2019 to become the head coach at Vance High School. Ferebee’s squad won a state championship this past fall, his first season there.
Coaching positions at Norcom, Norview, Kecoughtan, Heritage and Western Branch are now open.
– Andy Hilton