North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Former Carver Coach Takes Over At Vance

CHARLOTTE— Former Winston-Salem Carver football coach Keith Wilkes is now the new head coach at Vance High School in Charlotte, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Wilkes, 48, is leaving a job at an Atlanta-area elementary school. From 1992 to 2007, his Carver teams were 139-62-1 with 11 conference titles and state championships in 1998 and 2003. He posted a record of 9-21 at Shiloh High in Snellsville, Ga., for three seasons before resigning last year.

Wilkes replaces Phil Culicerto, who coached Vance in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Vance was 5-7 last season under interim coach Billy Leeson and has only had one winning season in the past five years.

Wilkes was part of the 2011 induction class of the Winston-Salem/Forysth County High School Sports Hall of Fame. He is a former All-American offensive lineman at Winston-Salem State University.