2023 East-West All-Stars Football Coaches’ Bios with West head coach Kennedy Tinsley(Dudley HS/Eastern Guilford HS/Southeast Guilford HS) and West assistant coach Norman Weeks(Page HS/Grimsley HS) out front[Last HS football game for Coach Weeks]

Two of the best we have ever covered, with Coach Kennedy Tinsley and Coach Norman Weeks…I covered Coach Tinsley back when he was in high school at Dudley HS, and then when he was the head coach at Southeast Guilford HS, and had a great run with Coach Tinsley, back when SEG went to the 3-AA State Championship Game…Was with Coach Weeks, back when he was with Coach Kevin Gillespie at Page HS…Page won the 4-AA Title in 2011, and then played for two more 4-AA crowns, while Coach Weeks was at Page, and he has been in two State Title games, with the Grimsley Whirlies…This will be Coach Weeks’ last high school football game ever, as a coach…Also check out the bio on Coach Brian Hales from Butler HS, and it will tell you about Coach Hales being the Swimming and Diving coach at Butler HS, at one time…Some very interesting info on the bio section here….And like I was saying, spent many a minute and probably more like some key hours talking football, with Coach Weeks before the Friday Night HS Football Games….Learned a lot from him(Coach Weeks), and he has a strong military service background, and I always likened him, to General Norman Schwarzkopf…..

West Team
Kennedy Tinsley
West head coach is entering his 4th season as the head coach at Mallard Creek High where his teams have gone 18 – 12 in 3 seasons…he has compiled a career record of 50 – 21 in 6 seasons and his teams have won 2 conference titles and made 4 state playoff appearances, including being State Runners-up in 2018…previously coached track and football at Eastern Guilford High (where he was 3 times named Conference Coach of the Year and his Women’s team won the 2015 state championship) and Southeast Guilford High (where he was named Conference Coach of the Year)…currently also coaches track and field at Mallard Creek High…born in Gainesville, FL…2005 graduate of Dudley High where he competed in football, track, and basketball…2009 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill…says “I am appreciative and thankful for the opportunity to coach in the all-star game. I was speechless when I got the call.”

Norman Weeks
West assistant coach is retiring after 3 seasons as an assistant coach at Grimsley High…this all-star game will be his last high school game…he has served 30 years as an assistant coach where his teams have made 4 State 4A Championship appearances, winning 2…served as an assistant coach in the 2019 NC Shrine Bowl…previously served as the head baseball coach at North Asheboro Middle, as an assistant football coach at Asheboro High, as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach/Defensive Coordinator at Trinity High (named 2002 Conference Coach of the Year in baseball), as an assistant football coach at Lexington High, as an assistant football coach/ Defensive Coordinator at Page High (where his teams made 3 state championship appearances, winning in 2011 and finishing as runners-up in 2015), as an assistant coach/Defensive Coordinator again at Asheboro High…has served as an assistant football coach at Grimsley High since 2020 (where his teams have made 2 state championship appearances, winning in Spring 2021 and finishing as runners-up in 2022)…born in Clinton, NC…1981 graduate of Southwestern Randolph High where he was named All-Conference and All-County in football…1993 graduate of UNC Greensboro.

2023 Football Coaches Bios
East Team
Battle Holley
East head coach is entering his 13th season as the head football coach at East Duplin High where he has compiled a record of 109 – 44 in 12 seasons….he has compiled a career record of 140 – 54 in 15 seasons and his teams have won 4 conference titles and made 13 state playoff appearances…5 times named Conference Coach of the Year…served as an assistant coach in the 2017 NCCA East-West All-Star game…previously served as an assistant football, basketball, and baseball coach at South Columbus High, as the head baseball and assistant football coach at Southern Wayne High, as the head baseball coach and assistant and then head football coach at Wallace-Rose Hill High, and head football coach at Kinston High…also currently serves as AD at East Duplin High…born in Lumberton, NC…1990 graduate of Wallace-Rose Hill High where he played football, basketball, and baseball…1992 graduate of Louisburg Jr. College…1994 graduate of UNC Wilmington…says “It is a great honor to be selected as the head coach of the East All-Star team. I want to thank all the players who have played for me and the coaches who have helped me along the way.”

Matt Biggy
East assistant coach is entering his 17th season as the head coach of Gates County High where he has compiled a career record of 95 – 82 in 16 seasons and his teams have won 1 conference title and made 14 state playoff appearances and been ranked in the Top 10 in the state 3 times…twice named Conference Coach of the Year…named 2010 Roanoke Chowan News Herald Area Coach of the Year…previously served as an assistant coach at Northampton East High, Chowan College, and Hertford County High…born in Sarasota, FL…2000 graduate of Riverview High (Sarasota, FL) where he was named All-Area and played on the USA Today # 4 team in the nation in 1996…2005 graduate of Chowan College…says “I am honored to be selected to coach in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game. I am looking forward to working with selected athletes as well as the other coaches.”
Andrew Farriss
East assistant coach is entering his 6th season as the head coach of Northern Nash High where he has compiled a career record of 41 – 18 in 5 seasons and his teams have won 2 conference titles and made 3 state playoff appearances…named 2021 and 2022 Conference Coach of the Year and 2021-2022 Nash County Coach of the Year…previously coached football at Smithfield-Selma High, Hunt High, Fike High…coached the Northern Nash High track team to the 2018 East regional championship…born in Newport News, VA…1994 graduate of Wilson Christian Academy where he played football (named All-Conference and played on 1991 NCISAA state championship team) and basketball…1998 graduate of Methodist College (NC)…says “I am very honored and humbled to be selected to coach in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game. I am excited to work with other coaches and athletes from the eastern part of North Carolina. Attending this game each summer has always been an event that I looked forward to, and to be able to coach in this game means a great deal to me. I am very much looking forward to representing Northern Nash and eastern North Carolina.”

Bruce McClelland
East assistant coach is entering his 7th season as the head football coach at Terry Sanford High where he has compiled a record of 55 – 19 in 6 seasons…has compiled a career record of 66 – 28 in 9 seasons and his teams have won 3 conference titles and made 6 state playoff appearances…named 2017 Conference Coach of the Year, Region Coach of the Year, and DK Sports Coach of the Year…previously served as an assistant football coach at Terry Sanford High and as a head football coach at Fayetteville Christian…born in Wurzberg, Germany (military base)…1988 graduate of Terry Sanford High where he was a 3-time letterman and won a conference championship…1994 graduate of Fayetteville State University…says “It is an honor and blessing to showcase the talents of other coaches and high school student-athletes that have worked so hard to be able to represent their school, community, families, and teammates at the all-star level. Working with young people has been the blessing of a lifetime.”

Antonio Moore
East assistant coach is entering his 19th season as the head coach Northeastern High where he has posted a career record of 198 – 47 in 18 seasons, including 11 straight 10-plus seasons, and his teams have won 13 conference titles and have made 18 state playoff appearances, including 3 state championship game appearances…all-time winningest coach at Northeastern High…named Conference Coach of the Year 13 times…selected to represent NC in the 2018 and 2019 Shrine Bowls…named 2019 Head Youth Shrine Bowl Coach and 2021 Head Carolina Bowl Coach…previously coached as River Road Middle School … has coached at Northeastern High for 24 years…also currently coaches basketball…born in Elizabeth City, NC…1991 graduate of Northeastern High where he was an All-Conference linebacker…1995 graduate of Elizabeth City State University…2012 Masters in Higher Ed and Curriculum Instruction from Ashford College…says “It’s an honor to serve our youngsters in an all-star game in front of their peers and parents one last time. I am grateful for the opportunity. Thank you, God, for the blessings and favor! Amen!”

Darrin Stinson
East assistant coach is entering his 6th year as an assistant coach at Franklinton High where he also coaches basketball…previously coached football at Durham High, Shepard Middle, East Wake High, and Knightdale High, …served as women’s head basketball coach at East Wake, making the state playoffs 3 of 4 years, and as the head men’s basketball coach, making the playoffs 4 of 5 years…also served as the head women’s track coach and the head men’s golf coach at East Wake High, making the regionals 2 of 4 years…born in Charlotte, NC…1985 graduate of Garinger High where he was named All-County in football and All-Conference in golf…1989 graduate of NC Central University and 1999 graduate of Shaw University.

West Team
Kennedy Tinsley
West head coach is entering his 4th season as the head coach at Mallard Creek High where his teams have gone 18 – 12 in 3 seasons…he has compiled a career record of 50 – 21 in 6 seasons and his teams have won 2 conference titles and made 4 state playoff appearances, including being State Runners-up in 2018…previously coached track and football at Eastern Guilford High (where he was 3 times named Conference Coach of the Year and his Women’s team won the 2015 state championship) and Southeast Guilford High (where he was named Conference Coach of the Year)…currently also coaches track and field at Mallard Creek High…born in Gainesville, FL…2005 graduate of Dudley High where he competed in football, track, and basketball…2009 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill…says “I am appreciative and thankful for the opportunity to coach in the all-star game. I was speechless when I got the call.”

Jim Beatty
West assistant coach is entering his 5th season as the head coach at North Henderson High where his teams have gone 11 – 27 in 4 seasons…he has compiled a career record of 66 – 69 in 12 seasons and his teams have won 5 conference titles and made 8 state playoff appearances…named 2007 Conference Coach of the Year…previously served as an assistant football coach at Madison County High, as an assistant and then head football coach at T.C. Roberson High, as the offensive line coach at Mars Hill University, as an assistant football coach at McDowell High, and as an assistant coach at North Henderson High…also previously served as an assistant coach in track, wrestling, softball, and women’s basketball…born in Amsterdam, NY…1989 graduate of West Forsyth High where he played baseball and football (named All-Conference, Best Offensive Lineman, and was the Jacobs Blocking Award recipient)…1994 graduate of Mars Hill University…says “I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the NCCA West coaching staff. I am looking forward to representing North Henderson High and Western North Carolina in this prestigious all-star game.”

Brian Hales
West assistant coach is entering his 13th season as the head coach of Butler High where he has compiled a career record of 121 – 30 in 12 seasons and his teams have won 9 conference titles and made 12 state playoff appearances…named 2012 Xenith National Coach of the Year, Semper Fidelis NC Coach of the Year, and American Football Monthly Southeast Region Coach of the Year…named 2013 Charlotte Observer Coach of the Year and 2014 Carolina Panthers Coach of the Week…named 2021 Southwestern 4A Coach of the Year…served as the head coach for the East team in the 2019 Queen City Bowl and head coach for the NC team in the 2021 Carolina Bowl…previously coached at Lock Haven University and Providence Day School (serving as assistant track coach)… also previously served as the head swimming and diving coach at Butler High…born in Scranton, PA…attended Scranton Central High (PA) where he participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field…1992 graduate of Dunmore High (PA) where he played basketball and football and played in all-star games in both sports…1997 graduate of Kent State University…says “It is truly an honor to be selected to represent Butler High School and the town of Matthews in this prestigious game. What makes it even more special is the fact that it is the 75th game in the series. When I think about the incredible list of student-athletes and coaches that have previously participated, I am truly humbled. I look forward to July and joining the list. I would also like to thank the North Carolina Coaches Association for bestowing this honor upon me.”

Josh McGee
West assistant coach is entering his 13th season as the head coach of Reagan High where he has compiled a career record of 84-54 in 12 seasons and his teams have won 3 conference titles and made 8 state playoff appearances…twice named Conference Coach of the Year…named 2012 Carolina Panthers Coach of the Week…2019-2023 NCFCA Board of Directors…previously coached at Winston-Salem State University and as an assistant coach at West Forsyth High…also served as an assistant football coach and head wrestling coach at Reagan High…born in Winston-Salem, NC…2001 graduate of West Forsyth High where he was twice named All-Conference in football…2006 graduate of Winston-Salem State University…says “I am extremely honored to be selected to coach in the 2023 NCCA East-West All-Star Game. This is a tremendous honor, and I am very grateful to everyone that makes this event special!”

Rodney Pruett
West assistant coach is entering his 7th season as the head football coach at Erwin High where he has compiled a career record of 36-29 in 6 seasons and his team have made 5 state playoff appearances…previously served as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator for Erwin teams that won over 95 games, won 1 conference title and made 9 state playoff appearances…also served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Erwin High…born in Shelby, NC…1993 graduate of Burns High where he won All-Conference honors in both baseball and football…1997 graduate of Appalachian State University…2000 graduate of Western Carolina University…says “It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a coach in this prestigious game. I am only coaching in this game because of all the players I’ve had the opportunity to coach throughout my career. I also would not be here without all of the support and guidance from the many coaches I have had the opportunity to work alongside through the years. I take great honor in being the third member of my family to participate in the NCCA East-West games. My father was the head coach of the West women’s basketball squad in 1997, and my brother was a lineman selected to play in the 1998 football game for the West. Ironically enough, both of them were on the winning side! I can’t thank the NCCA enough for all they do for our great profession and the tireless work they put in each and every day to have these all-star games. I look forward to representing my family, coaches, players, and my school community, and getting to work with some other great coaches and players in this, the 75th NCCA East-West All-Star Games.”

Norman Weeks
West assistant coach is retiring after 3 seasons as an assistant coach at Grimsley High…this all-star game will be his last high school game…he has served 30 years as an assistant coach where his teams have made 4 State 4A Championship appearances, winning 2…served as an assistant coach in the 2019 NC Shrine Bowl…previously served as the head baseball coach at North Asheboro Middle, as an assistant football coach at Asheboro High, as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach/Defensive Coordinator at Trinity High (named 2002 Conference Coach of the Year in baseball), as an assistant football coach at Lexington High, as an assistant football coach/ Defensive Coordinator at Page High (where his teams made 3 state championship appearances, winning in 2011 and finishing as runners-up in 2015), as an assistant coach/Defensive Coordinator again at Asheboro High…has served as an assistant football coach at Grimsley High since 2020 (where his teams have made 2 state championship appearances, winning in Spring 2021 and finishing as runners-up in 2022)…born in Clinton, NC…1981 graduate of Southwestern Randolph High where he was named All-Conference and All-County in football…1993 graduate of UNC Greensboro.