Keenan High announces new leaders for football team, athletic department

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Keenan High School announced changes to its football program and athletic department Wednesday.

Raiders football coach Sean Gilley will become the school’s new athletic director, while defensive coordinator Ray McCleod has been promoted to take Gilley’s job as head coach.

McCleod has been on Keenan’s football staff since 2017 and also was the school’s wrestling coach. Before Keenan, McCleod was at Northwestern High in Rock Hill, where he was also defensive coordinator and head wrestling coach.

McCleod also was a player on Northwestern’s 1989 state championship football team and was assistant coach for four state title runs.

Gilley replaces Mironda Scott as Keenan’s athletic director. Scott recently accepted a position as the girls’ track coach at Sumter High School. Gilley, a Lower Richland graduate, has been at Keenan since 2014 and was named football coach in 2016.

Keenan’s change at football coach means three Richland One schools will have new coaches next year. Eau Claire and C.A. Johnson have yet to name their new coaches.

Midlands football coaching openings

School — Former Coach — New Coach

Hammond — Erik Kimrey — Jon Wheeler

White Knoll — Dean Howell — Nick Pelham

Ben Lippen — James ReynoldsStephen Cagle

Richland Northeast — Will Richardson — Walt Wilson

Northside Christian — Stacy Bell — Dean Howell

Ridge View — Perry Parks — Derek Howard

Eau Claire — Michael Kelly — TBA

CA Johnson — Walt Wilson — TBA

Keenan — Sean Gilley — Ray McCleod

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