Saints hire Farmer as new head football coach

Published: Feb. 15, 2018 at 9:41 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2018 at 11:52 PM EST
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ST. MATTHEWS, SC (WIS) - The Calhoun County Saints now have a new head football coach heading into the 2018 season.

Wayne Farmer has been hired as the new head football coach at Calhoun County High.

"We're extremely excited," said Calhoun County athletics director Justin Farmer. "I think we've got a really good coach coming in. He's got a really good background with football and with kids. I think the most important aspect is he seems to be a very good person and that's the main thing that I was looking for is a good person. He knows how to get kids to the next level. He knows football and I think we're going to be extremely lucky to have Wayne Farmer."

The longtime coach, now finishing his 30th year in the trade, is no stranger to the area or the Saints program. In previous stops, Farmer has coached at Bamberg-Ehrhardt (as an assistant coach), Elloree, Denmark-Olar, Allendale-Fairfax, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson (as an assistant coach). Farmer also coached three years at Lower Richland before moving on to Scott's Branch.

Farmer amassed a 16-29 overall record during his four-year tenure against tough competition in Summerton. In his career, he's put together a 131-119 overall record.  Now, he looks to turn a Calhoun County program around that posted a 2-9 record last season.

"Competing against Calhoun County for years with the great players you had and the great teams you had, I think it's just the mentality now of just going in, sowing the seeds, and working and understanding it's going to take a lot of work," Farmer said when asked about the key to turning the Saints to their winning ways. "We've got to be mentally and physically conditioned to play football for a long time. So, I think it's the mentality and getting them to sacrifice. You've got to pay the price to win. You don't want to win a bunch of ball games and you get in the first or second round and you lose to a team that's a little more physical and better than you."

Farmer replaces another longtime football coach in Bill Kimrey, who stepped down due to medical issues.

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