Ferebee Hired at Indian River

line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>is returning to the High
School Football coaching ranks. After a
one-year stint in College Football at Hampton University, Ferebee
has accepted the job as Head Coach of the Indian River Braves in Chesapeake,

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At Indian River, Ferebee
replaces Cadillac Harris, who
stepped down in December after going 56-71 in 12 seasons at the helm of the
Braves, highlighted by winning the Eastern Region Division 5 title in 2003.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Coach Harris coached me in High School and I played against
Indian River one year, so I always knew they were talented.
style=> From recruiting the area, I also knew they
were a young team," Ferebee told

36, was the starting quarterback for Coach Harris at Green Run High School,
where he threw passes to Plaxico Burress,
who caught the game-winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII (42) for the New
York Giants. In college, he played at
Liberty University, transitioning from playing quarterback to wide receiver for
the Flames.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Indian River having a star in the making heading to the
tenth grade certainly didn't hurt in luring Ferebee
to the job. But there were other factors
as well.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"The Devon
Hunter kid is probably going to be one of the top kids in the country by
the time he is done. They have a bunch
of young linemen, about five or six kids that are roughly 280-290 pounds, and
that was the big thing that attracted me to the job," he said.
style=> "Not too many people can say that and we
struggled with that over at Lakeland.
The J.V. team was pretty young, fast and quick with a lot of athletes."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Initially, Ferebee was hired in
January of 2013 by Hampton University to be the quarterbacks coach and was then
promoted to offensive coordinator before the team's season opener.
style=> The Pirates ended up going 4-8 overall and
dismissed the entire coaching staff, including Head Coach Donovan Rose.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Reflecting on his time at HU, Ferebee
admitted it was a challenging situation from the very beginning.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I knew going into it that something wasn't right.
style=> They had five offensive coordinators before
me, and a lot of things I asked for to be done while I was there didn't get done,
which caused some struggles," he noted. "I've
grown from being in College Football, even before I became the offensive
coordinator at Hampton. I learned a lot
from Earnest Wilson, who's at Savannah State, mostly about concepts and

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Among the things that he took from his time at HU the
most were that organizational skills and time management are essential aspects
of having success in coaching.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Coming from High School and going to college, the transition
was a little different. It wasn't so
much with x's and o's because I think football is
football, but in just being able to be on a staff where everybody gets along
and is on the same page. The thing I
want to bring to the Indian River program is that we're more organized as a
staff, everybody is going to be on the same page and do everything
professionally, which we did some of that at Lakeland, but we want to do that
even better," commented Ferebee.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Being in college and on the recruiting trail, you see
some of the top schools like Ocean Lakes, Oscar Smith, Lake Braddock,
Westfield, Osbourn, C.D.
class=SpellE>Hylton and see how some of those guys run their actual
program. It was a little different than
the way I did mine. All of them had the
same type of identity, where everything was organized and done professionally
so that the kids buy into what you're doing when it comes to discipline and
what's expected of them."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This is the second re-building gig for
class=SpellE>Ferebee. In five
seasons at Lakeland, Ferebee went 24-29.
style=> Following a winless campaign in 2010, the
Cavs posted a 15-8 record that saw the program make its first ever trip to the
regional playoffs as a Group AAA school.
They returned the very next year to the playoffs, beating city rival
King's Fork in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual State Champion Lake
Taylor in the semis.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The last winning season for Indian River was in 2008
when they finished 7-4 overall. It also
was their last playoff appearance. What
seems very clear is that the Braves plan to make Hunter, a versatile Class of
2017 prospect who was named Second Team All-Conference as a freshman, the focal
point in their effort to turn things around.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"At Indian River, we're going to run the same type of
offense I'm used to and a lot is going to depend on what Devon Hunter brings to
the table. He plays quarterback, wide
receiver and the good part is he can play both.
From watching him on film, you can see what a superb athlete he is,"
class=SpellE>Ferebee stated.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It'll be spread concepts and you might see some things
similar to Auburn since Devon can run the football, and that's if he plays
quarterback. There are some kids coming up
from J.V. that are pretty good. It's the
same type of athletes I had at Lakeland and the only difference is we have
offensive linemen with size now."



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