LEXINGTON - Sidney Cecil is passionate about his family, his community, and Central Davidson High School (CDHS) Spartan sports. Cecil landed his position as athletic director at CDHS after coaching stops at South Davidson Middle School (SDMS) and Oak Grove Middle School (OGMS). This is Cecil’s first year at CDHS and working in a high school environment. He acknowledged that he has had many mentors along the way and wants to provide the same support for students at CDHS.
“I urge young people to be team players, and enjoy their high school experience,” said Cecil. Being a team player enables students to build friendships and connections in high school that will last a lifetime. I want our students to have a sense of purpose, and be motivated to be the best individuals they can be.”
Cecil would genuinely like for all students to enjoy and excel in sports. He believes that sports participation enables students to build friendships and connections in high school that will last a lifetime. By networking with other teachers and people in the community, Cecil wants to be able to reach and provide the inspiration to those students who can benefit from athletics participation.
Cecil graduated from West Stokes High School, where he was Central Carolina All-Conference in both track and football. He was voted football team captain in both his junior and senior years. He walked on the football team his freshman year at Appalachian State University and played for the 2005 National Championship Team.
After graduation, his first teaching/coaching job was at South Davidson Middle School. He served as Assistant Football Coach at the Middle School and Head Track Team Coach for South Davidson High School (SDHS), coaching state qualifiers in hurdles for three years. It is at SDHS that he received some very valuable “on-the-job” training from his first school mentors, Roxanna Smith and Kevin Firquin.
After three years, he moved and helped open Oak Grove Middle School along with administrators, Chris Johnston and Dan Shamblen. He became the first Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at OGMS and coached there for five years. While at OGMS, the football team won a Conference Football Championship with an 8-0 record and an Excellence in Athletics award for the 2016-2017 school year.
When the Athletic Director (A.D.) at CDHS, Kevin Hudson, moved to an Assistant Principal’s position at CDHS, Cecil applied for the vacant position. Cecil was offered to come on board as the school’s A.D. and he accepted the invitation. Hudson said the school was glad to have Cecil on board at CDHS.
“I wanted to broaden my experience and work with all sports at the high school level,” said Cecil. “I appreciate the administrative staff, coaches, teachers, and CDHS community for assisting with my transitioning from middle school coaching to high school administration."
Cecil’s wife is originally from the Central Davidson area and now teaches math at North Davidson High School. Cecil wants his two children to grow up near family and fellow Spartans.
“I felt this was a good move for me and my family,” said Cecil. “We are building a home nearby. We have two young children; daughter, Raelyn and son, Chaz. We plan to put down roots here. This is a great place to live and work. My family and I are Spartans through and through. They support me and our teams by attending our games and events.”
When asked about his long hours from 7:45 a.m. until he can get home, Cecil showed me a rock on his desk. He then proclaimed that his wife is his rock, and he could not do his job without her support.
Cecil comes from a long line of educators. He credits his grandfather, Charles Bishop, a coach and principal for over 30 years, for his exposure to education and the overall work experience. He credits his mother, Annette Hundley, for instilling in him a strong work ethic.
There is a great deal of ‘hands-on work’ behind the scenes for Cecil in his day-to-day responsibilities as Athletic Director. He oversees the maintenance of the sports facilities, activity buses, and scoreboards; cuts and fertilizes grass; and works with other athletic directors to coordinate non-conference athletic events, to name just a few of his responsibilities. He also maintains a website accessible to the community. The site includes a calendar of events with information about each event and directions to that event. On Saturdays, Cecil works with the Davidson County Parks and Recreation Department who uses the CDHS gym for their programs. He also coordinates both the football and softball high school facilities use with Central Davidson Middle School.
Cecil is enjoying being a member of the CDHS community. He notes that the school recently held a fundraiser, Cheers to 60 Years, raising $30,000 for facilities maintenance.
“My goal is for the CDHS facilities to be updated to be the best they can be,” said Cecil. “As for my first year as Athletic Director, it has been fast paced and motivating. I am very appreciative of the support from the coaches and teachers at CDHS and from the community. I am building relationships with students, their parents, and teachers. This is a great place to live and work.”