BREAKING NEWS: West Caldwell makes change in head football coaches

Published Monday, July 6th, 2020

Mike Biggerstaff steps down after one

season, replaced by W. Iredell head coach


LENOIR – West Caldwell High announced a change of head football coaches on Monday afternoon.

The Warriors’ Mike Biggerstaff, head coach last season, has resigned and the school announced it has hired Monte Simmons – head coach the last five seasons at West Iredell – for the position.


Biggerstaff met with players on Monday afternoon, a press release from the West Caldwell athletic department said.

He came out of retirement to coach a second time at West Caldwell, which has experienced having fewer players over the last few seasons.

Last season, the Warriors went 1-10 overall and 1-6 to finish tied for seventh in their first year in the Northwestern Foothills 2A.

West Caldwell moved into the league, leaving the Northwestern 3A-4A, after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) granted a request change in classification because of declining enrollment.

Simmons is a former Hibriten assistant (2001-2014) who left the Panthers after the 2014 season to replace Mike Natoli at West Iredell. He will teach physical education and weightlifting at West Caldwell.

The Warriors were 0-11, 3-8, 5-7, 5-6 and 6-6 under Simmons with three straight fourth-place finishes in the Northwestern Foothills 2A. The 6-6 record stopped a seven-year run of losing records, and the Warriors’ 2017 and 2019 teams advanced to the state 2A playoffs.

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