Father Figure

ELKINS – Bill Haddox has always been known for his innovated play-calling as a football coach.

But for Greg Hott, the longtime mentor is much more.

“Coach Haddox is somebody I’ve always looked up to,” Hott said. “Besides my dad, he’s been the most influential person in my life. He’s done so much for me over the years.”

The current Elkins High School head coach suited up for Haddox during his playing days at Parsons High School. He later served as an assistant under him at EHS in 1988-89.

“He really changed my attitude when I was a teenager,” Hott said. “He came to Parsons when I was a sophomore, which was the right time for me.

“He’s also had an impact on the other players he has coached over the years as well.”

Hott will get another chance to coach alongside Haddox at next Saturday’s North-South All-Star Football Classic at Charleston’s Laidley Field.

Haddox, the current East Fairmont coach who also had a successful tenure at Tucker County, will direct the North squad, while Hott and East Fairmont’s Chad Davidson and Rick Morgan will serve as his assistants.

“This is a great honor,” Hott said. “I not only get a chance to be part of the game, but also get to coach with Coach Haddox again.”

Hott is believed to be the first EHS coach to take part in the game since Red Brown in 1945.

“Its going to be exciting,” Hott said. “You never know what Coach Haddox will have up his sleeve. It should be a fun game for the players and coaches alike.”

Hott said the North team will bring plenty of talent to the table.

“We have some great players to work with,” he said. “I coached against several of them this past season, so I got a good look at what they bring to the table.

“Of course we want to win, but at the same time we want to make sure everyone gets to play and stays healthy.”

Area players taking part for the North team include Buckhannon-Upshur’s Seth Cutright, Lewis County’s Mark Metzgar and Jordan Hall and Moorefield’s Brandon?Riggleman.

Greenbrier West’s Lewis McClung will guide the South team.

Teams will report on Sunday and practice sessions will be conducted throughout the week, leading up to Saturday’s game at 7 p.m.