West Caldwell High School has appointed Rodney “Chip” English to become the school’s head varsity football coach. English comes to West Caldwell from AL Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC where he served as the head coach of the junior varsity football team from 2011 to through last fall, English was 26-4 during that stretch.


English was a passing game coordinator, a quarterbacks coach and a wide receivers coach at the varsity levelo. English has been with the Kannapolis-Brown football program since 2009. Before that, English was a quarterbacks coach at Hickory Ridge in Harrisburg, N.C, He worked for two legendary coaches in Mike Newsome and Ron Massey.


English played at Central Cabarrus High in Concord,. N.C,, and he played collegiately at Greensboro College (a Division III school) and at the University of Pikeville, an NAIA school in Pikeville, Ky., where he was a three-year letterman and a team captain for two seasons.


A quarterback during his playing days, English led Pikeville to its first national playoff appearance in 2005.


English is the 11th head coach at West Caldwell since the school opened in 1977 and the seventh in the last 11 years. He replaces Kyle Dunn, who was not retained as head coach after two seasons. West Caldwell has had 11 straight losing seasons and hasn’t been above .500 since finishing 10-3 and sharing a Mountain Valley Athletic 2A title in 2002 under Craig Styron.