Veteran Coach Reaches Milestone


FAYETTEVILLE — Veteran head football coach Bob Paroli has reached another milestone.

Last Friday night Paroli recorded the 400th coaching victory of his illustrious career as Seventy-First defeated E.E. Smith 24-14. Paroli is in his 54th season as a head coach and was inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame during the 1999-2000 academic year.

His coaching stops have included Benson (1958-64), Jacksonville (1964-65), New York Military Academy (1965-71), Wilson Fike (1971-76), Burlington Cummings (1976-80), followed by Douglas Byrd and Seventy-First.

A native of New York, Paroli is a 1958 graduate of N.C. State University. He has coached in all of the significant football all-star games in the state, including the East-West games, the Shrine Bowl and the old North-South game.