New Head Football Coach Named

The former head football coach at West Craven High School has been named the new head football coach at South Johnston High.

Matthew Riggsbee, who has been the coach at West Craven since 2012 will take over this season for the South Johnston Trojans.  During his tenure at West Craven, the team has made the playoffs each year and finishing 9-2 in 2015.

Coach Riggsbee is a graduate of Williams High School in Burlington, where he won a state championship in football as a player. He graduated from East Carolina University and has served as Defensive Coordinator, Head Track Coach, Head Football Coach and physical education teacher.  Riggsbee was awarded the 2015 Sun Journal “Coach of the Year” in 2015, and he also served as an Assistant Coach for the Shrine Bowl All Star Game in 2007.

“My family and I are excited about joining the South Johnston Community,” Coach Riggsbee said. “I am ready to get into the building, meet the players and faculty, and get started with spring workouts. Our program is going to be built on the foundation of hard work and being good student-athletes. I am looking forward to building upon the great traditions of South Johnston Football.”

Dr. David Pearce, Principal of South Johnston High School said, “Matthew Riggsbee has consistently demanded excellence regarding the character of his players. He has shown the ability to lead programs to the next level by building relationships with players, parents, staff and the community.He has been a part of several football programs with winning traditions; and he understands the balance between winning and education. I feel confident that he will continue the great tradition of Trojan Football. We are excited to have Matthew Riggsbee serve as our new head football coach.”

Coach Riggsbee is married to Tameka Riggsbee and they have a daughter, Avery.