Limestone University alum and former Saints student-athlete Justin Rogers was recently named the head football coach at South Stokes High School in Walnut Cove, North Carolina.
Rogers, who is also a Physical Education teacher at South Stokes, has served as an Assistant Coach for the Sauras football team, as well as the head coach for Piney Grove Middle. He takes the helm at his hometown high school, where he was a four-sport athlete, including playing four seasons on the varsity football team. He was named the South Stokes head football coach in December of last year.
After graduating from South Stokes in 2013, Rogers became a dual-sport athlete at Limestone as a member of both the football and track & field teams.
Rogers was redshirted for the 2013 season before playing in all 11 games during the 2014 campaign. He made 10 starts, finished with 47 tackles (28 solo, 19 assisted) and three tackles for loss, posted one sack and one recovered fumble. In 2015, Rogers ranked third on the team with 55 total tackles and second on the squad with seven tackles for loss. From Fall 2013 to Fall 2016, he made the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll each semester.
Rogers graduated from Limestone University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
After graduating, Rogers became a physical education teacher with the Cherokee County School District, while also serving as the Athletic Director at Granard Middle School and coaching multiple sports at both Granard and Gaffney High School.
He left Cherokee County in 2019 after he was selected as one of 18 athletes, out of 5000 total, to be offered a chance to compete for a spot the Men’s National Bobsled Team. He finished out his contract at Granard, before moving to New York for training.
“I am very humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to serve my community at my alma mater,” Rogers told Stokes News in December. “The Lord has blessed me with some amazing opportunities in my life, and to serve as the next head coach of the Sauras, is a tremendous honor.
“I am a young coach, which in my opinion allows me to connect with this generation of kids,” he continued. “I have been in their shoes, being a recent collegiate athlete myself, I know the level of discipline and commitment required to be successful at the next level. I have also developed relationships with collegiate coaches who took me through my recruitment process, and I plan on using those connections to help our student athletes pursue their dreams of playing college athletics.”
Accompanying photo: Justin Rogers during his football playing days at Limestone University.