Reggie Stancil, 28, is the wide receivers coach for Norcross' football team and also is an assistant baseball coach. The 1998 Colquitt County grad's wife is Alicia and he has a 6-year-old son, Jamal. A college quarterback at Jacksonville State (Ala.), he has coached at Norcross for three years.
In the latest installment of "Getting to Know...," Stancil talks with sports editor Will Hammock about South Georgia, losing to Brookwood and Parkview and Norcross' football success.
WH: Being a South Georgia boy, how did you find your way to metro Atlanta?
RS: When I graduated college, my first job was at Morrow High School. I just came up here for a job fair. I was just trying to find a job at the time.
WH: Are you a country boy? Any chance people will find you fishing? Did you do that in your spare time?
RS: Not really. Back home I didn't have any spare time. I was too busy playing some kind of sport. My dad (James) coached at my high school so I was always there. He just retired last year.
WH: Did your dad influence you wanting to be a coach?
RS: Yes. I always told myself if I couldn't keep playing I was going to coach it. You get asked those questions about the people you look up to and that was my dad. I always looked up to him. He coached basketball and football. He stopped basketball when my brother was in high school. But he still did football until a couple of years ago. It's just amazing how he cared for so many kids and players that came through Colquitt County High School. And he still had the time for his family and cared so much for me. He does all the things we do here. You take kids home when they need it, give them a dollar here or there when they need it.
WH: What do you miss most about South Georgia?
RS: The biggest thing for me that is so different now is the traffic. There's no traffic back home. But I don't miss all the games that we'd have to travel to on Friday nights. They were always 45 minutes to an hour away every week. Here it's 15 minutes if traffic's not bad.
WH: You had some good battles with Brookwood and Parkview as Colquitt County's quarterback (he lost 14-7 at Brookwood in the 1997 season opener, then lost to Parkview 14-7 in double overtime in the semifinals in the Georgia Dome). What do you remember about those?
RS: Every time we came up this way everything was first class. Over at Brookwood, we went to their place and then we played Parkview in the Dome. It was always good football. Just good football. If it's not South Georgia football, the closest thing is Gwinnett County.
WH: Any of those games stand out more than the other?
RS: Double overtime against Parkview in the Dome, getting to play against (future Georgia Tech defensive back) Jeremy Muyres. Also the Brookwood game coming up here. That game if I had about 30 more seconds on the clock we would have beat them.
WH: Who was the best player you ever faced in high school?
RS: There are so many. Jay Ratliff, he's in the NFL right now. He was one of them at Lowndes County.
WH: Who was the best player off Brookwood or Parkview?
RS: I would have to say Muyres.
WH: He picked you off a few times didn't he?
RS: He picked me off four times.
WH: You should have quit throwing at him.
RS: Yeah, I know.
WH: Were you a better high school baseball player or quarterback? You had some good options in baseball, too, right?
RS: I guess I'd have to say football because that's what I ended up going to college to do. I wasn't bad in baseball. I almost got drafted out of high school.
WH: If Norcross needed you to run some plays at quarterback in practice, could you still pull it off? Would we see the old Reggie?
RS: Yes. Not the same one but close.
WH: What's the difference now?
RS: I'm bigger and a little slower.
WH: What do the people in Moultrie think of (new Colquitt coach) Rush Propst (former Hoover-Ala., coach who was featured on MTV's Two-A-Days)?
RS: From what I hear, I talked to a couple of people, they were skeptical at first. Right now they're seeing he's coming in, running a good program. He's trying to get it back to where it's supposed to be.
WH: How is football viewed in Colquitt County?
RS: It's the only thing in town if you're in Colquitt County. If you don't have Friday night football in Colquitt County, there's nothing going on. They always play tough defense and they're going to be in every ball game. That's the way it always used to be.
WH: How different is it being at a metro school like Norcross than what you were used to at Colquitt County?
RS: The biggest thing for me is the publicity the kids get. There's so much going on here that we didn't see when were in high school in South Georgia. The internet, the newspaper. You were talked about a little bit in the newspaper, just the home newspaper but nothing like the AJC and the Gwinnett Post that talk about so many people and cover so much. In South Georgia, the Moultrie Observer was the only paper and it only goes so far.
WH: You've been around some pretty good football programs in South Georgia. How does Norcross stack up?
RS: It's one of the best in how things are run. It's a first-class organization. The biggest thing is we've got a lot of kids who go on and represent the school and a lot of that is what they learn from their teachers and coaches here.
WH: Speaking of guys who go to the next level, how much of a treat is it to coach wide receivers who are D-I players like Brice Butler (USC), Devonta Bolton (Alabama) and Prince Kent (Miami)? How far will those guys go?
RS: I think they'll make it a long way. They're good athletes who are good at what they do. The biggest thing, Coach (Keith) Maloof when he hired me, said "It's your job to keep those guys happy." I guess I'm keeping them happy because more good ones keep coming.
WH: How involved are you in the recruitment of these guys?
RS: I took on more of a role this year helping get their names out (along with Steve Sims). It's getting to be so much now that one person can't do it alone.
WH: What kinds of things do you do to promote the kids?
RS: One thing we're doing this year is sending prospect information to every school. And when everybody comes in here we give them a DVD as they leave to make sure they get a chance to see the guys. All the online stuff they've got now, we try to help kids out that way. Our kids do a lot just by the talent they have. More people want to come when they see Brice and Devonta and see some other kids that look pretty good. That helps more than anything.
WH: Is your son playing sports?
RS: He's in T-ball baseball.
WH: Is he going to be a stud?
RS: I hope so.
WH: Will you steer him to football?
RS: I'll do what my dad did with me. You can play what you want to play. Whatever you want to play, it's up to you. But we throw and catch every night if there's still some sunlight at home.