The coaching staffs for the 2022 Touchstone Energy Cooperative Bowl December 10th in Myrtle Beach were announced on Wednesday afternoon. The North team head coach will be Robin Bacon of Spring Valley. Heading up the South team coaching staff will be Justin Gentry of Chapin.
Gentry has served the head football coach at Chapin since 2010. Prior to taking over the Eagles, he was the head football coach at Lake City High School. He has also served as the head football coach at Williston-Elko High School and as an assistant at Wagener-Salley High School and Marlboro County High School. Gentry, voted his respective Region Coach of the Year six times, was an assistant coach for this game in 2011.
Bacon has served as the head football coach at Spring Valley since 2015 and the team’s offensive coordinator for five seasons immediately prior. He has also been the athletics director at Lower Richland High School and the head football coach at A.C. Flora High School. In his career, he has had 36 players named to either All-America or state All-State teams. Bacon was an assistant coach in this game in 2008.
The coaching staff working under Bacon for the North will be Chris Liner (Greenwood); Robert Mustar (Powdersville); Demetrius Davis (Fairfield Central); Brian Smith (Ridge Spring-Monetta); Larry Poole (Pelion, assistant); and Gil Cade (Abbeville, assistant).
The assistant coaches for the South will be B.J. Payne (Hilton Head); Roosevelt Nelson (Crestwood); Justin Danner (Lee Central); Scott Cook (East Clarendon); Gene Williams (Bamberg-Ehrhardt, assistant); and Marco Thompson (Manning, assistant).
South Carolina’s electric cooperatives have been the primary sponsors of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl since 2013. Previously, the event was known as the North-South All-Star Football Game, an event that began in 1948. It is one of the oldest high school all-star events in the country.