In talks today with a source close to the Central Carolina Sports Academy and he told me that they are practicing at the Spears YMCA on Horsepen Creek Road.(CCSA previoulsy used facilities at Proehlific Park, but no longer do so.)
The practices run somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-7pm and they seem to have a foothold on what they want to do with their football. The CCSA is using the Gold’s Gym on Battleground Avenue for their weight training workouts and Christian McCain(Northern Guilford) was in there yesterday lifting weights.
Chris Jasperse(Page Class of 2009) has also been training at Gold’s Gym and Chris is in the CCSA practices at the Spears YMCA. Players from the Class of 2009 from Southeast Guilford and Ragsdale are also on the CCSA roster. They began practice a few days ago and over 150 potential players showed up, all trying to land a spot on the squad/squads…..
The Central Carolina Sports Academy students will be taking their classes at GTCC and some of the players will be seeking their associate degrees and others will just be adding classes and trying to get back into solid academic standing so they can enter college in the fall of 2010.
There will be different levels at CCSA with high school level football and college level football being offered and you will see a mixture of the two sets of players together on the field at times during the fall of 2009.
The CCSA Warriors plan seems to be coming together and they will not open their season until late in September.
Here’s the word on the head coach Gary Dandridge at CCSA:
Coach Dandridge, aka (Coach â€œDâ€), is a former 2-time All-American, 3-time All-Southern Conference and Appalachian State University team captain.
Coach â€œDâ€ earned 2 Southern Conference Championships under Coach Sparky Woods in 1987 and Coach Jerry Moore in 1992.(1987-1992, a long and steady career at ASU.) Coach â€œDâ€ was a standout defensive back for the Mountaineers and participated in two football all star games his senior yearâ€¦the Blue Grey All Star Classic and the East West Shrine All Star Game.
Coach â€œDâ€ was the 122nd pick in the 1992 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks but was placed on injury reserve after suffering a dislocated elbow. The following season, Coach â€œDâ€ attended the Kansas City Chiefs training camp under Coach Marty Shottenheimer and tutelage from defensive back coach Herm Edwards.
Coach â€œDâ€ went on to participate as the defensive specialist with the Arena Football League Charlotte Rage under Penn State offensive coordinator – Galen Hall and veteran AFL coach Doug Kay.
Coach â€œDâ€™sâ€ coaching career began in 1995 at East Tennessee State University in the Southern Conference as a defensive back coach.
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