2021 FOOTBALL STAFF

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Dean Howell

Head Coach/Athletic Director

Coach Dean Howell enters his 27th season coaching high school football in SC and his 13th as a head coach.  Coach Howell spent 4 years at AC Flora and another 8 years as HC/AD at White Knoll.  He has a career record of 82-51 and was named to the North/ South All Star staff in 2019 as well as the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas staff in 2020.  He and his beautiful wife Laura have three children, NCA students Kaleigh (11), Connor (9), and Taylor (6).  They recently celebrated 15 years of marriage and are active members of Northside Baptist Church.

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Larry Bost

Director of Football Operations

Coach Larry Bost is a native of Statesville, North Carolina and he is a graduate of South Iredell High School and Appalachian State University.  Coach Bost spent the first five years of his coaching and teaching career in Charleston County and arrived in Lexington School District 1 in 1978. He began at Lexington High School and transferred to White Knoll Middle School when it opened in 1992.  He transferred to Carolina Springs Middle School for its opening in 2007.  Coach Bost was athletic director of both middle schools and held several coaching positions there.  He was a head track coach at Lexington and White Knoll High Schools for 30 years, having over 325 wins.  He retired from teaching in 2014.  He formerly was the President of the Palmetto Athletic Conference, home to 15 of the 16 middle schools in Lexington County.  From 2000 until 2021, he was the director of football operations including equipment management and the director of C team track programs at White Knoll High School.
Coach Bost is married to the former Mary Ann Isenhour.  They have one son, Jonathan, daughter-in-law Abby , two grandsons and one granddaughter. He and his family are long time members at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church.

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Justin Taylor

Strength & Conditioning - LB

I am Justin Taylor, Head of Strength and Conditioning. Here at Northside Christian, I pride myself in expanding my biblical worldview and developing our athletes to reach any athletic goal that they may have. I am a full time member of the Physical Education department of the school, where we like to consider ourselves the fun teachers. I am a Columbia, S.C native. I would like to think that I was a multi-sport athlete, but in reality, football was the sport where I became my greatest in competition. I’ve played football since I was knee high to a duck, just before I was tall enough to ride a small dog. After three years of college football at Furman University, I decided that it was time to give the game to the younger people of the world. With my growth in football and other athletics, I acquired the joy that I hold in developing the athletic potential of young bodies. As a piece of the Northside Athletics puzzle, I also have the pleasure of working with our young men on the football team as an assistant coach. It is an honor to be a part of this staff, this school, this family. Thank you!

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Brandon Tillmon

Assistant Coach - DB

Coach Brandon Tillmon joins the NCA football staff this year after finishing his football career at Liberty University. Coach Tillmon is the son of Jennifer and Ricky Tillmon of Lexington and has 3 younger sisters, Madison (17), Marlayna (11), and Macey (6). During his time at Liberty, the Flames won their first bowl game in school history and he achieved his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Coach and his family attend Northside’s West Campus.

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Andy Walke

Middle School Head Coach

2021 begins the Walke family’s 10th year at NCA. Andy and Caroline have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. Andrew, a 2020 NCA graduate is a sophomore at The Citadel, Natalie, 10th grade, runs cross country and plays basketball for NCA and Cooper is in the 6th grade and playing on the NCA middle school football team and will shoot this year on the shooting sports team. Andy has been in real estate for 18 years and Caroline is a nurse in her 25th year with Lexington Medical Center. They both have a passion for Christian education and enjoy being a part of NCA. Andy is the shooting sports head coach and the middle school football head coach. He has been an assistant football coach at NCA for the past 7 years, and this will be his 5th season as head coach for the shooting sports team. Caroline has been an assistant on the women’s basketball team for the past several years. Andy is currently the president of the booster club board and has previously served as Vice President and treasurer.

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Ed Zuniga

Middle School Assistant Coach

Ed Zuniga (Coach Z) begins his first year at NCA and is married to wife Lindsay. Coach has three children,  Madison (14), McKenzie (12),and  Jay (11) and they  currently attend Radius Church.  Coach Z is a graduate of Brookland Cayce HS and is helping coach his son in Lexington youth and will coach the OL/DL for the middle school team this year.

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Charlie Grubbs

Assistant Coach - WR

Coach Grubbs comes to Northside with over 20 years of experience in coaching football. Coach Grubbs has spent time in Lexington district two and Lexington district one. He has coached football, Baseball, and basketball. Coach Grubbs has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a degree in Industrial technology. Coach Grubbs enjoys spending his free time with his family hiking, camping, and golfing. Coach Grubbs has been married to his wife Tammy for 36 years and they have a daughter Kaytie Gladden and a son Calev Grubbs. Both Kaytie and Calev played sports on the college level, and both received degrees from Clemson University. Charlie And Tammy have been members of Pond Branch United Church in Gilbert and are currently members of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church.

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Todd McClinton

Assistant Coach - DL

Bio Coming Soon

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Chris Montgomery

Assistant Coach - RB

Bio Coming Soon

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Calev Grubbs

Assistant Coach - QB

Calev Grubbs played both football and baseball at White Knoll high school. He went on to play baseball at Appalachian State University for two years. Also, Calev attended Clemson Univeristy where he earned a degree in political science. Currently he owns a landscaping and construction company called 31Enterprise CLG. He is a keener at Mount Hebron United Methodist church. In his free time he loves to go golfing and enjoys outdoor activities. This is his first year coaching Football at Northside, where he is on the offensive side coaching quarterbacks. 

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Robbie Kinard

Middle School Assistant Coach 

Robert (Robbie) Kinard 
Married to Suzanne Kinard- will celebrate 25th Anniversary on October 26, 2021. 
Son J.R. (13)

Currently serving as a Deacon and Men’s Basketball Coordinator at Riverland Hills Baptist Church- member since 2006. Accepted Christ in 1992 while attending Shandon Baptist. 

B.S. Business Administration 1990 USC-Aiken 
MBA 2006 Webster University 

Lettered in Football (3) Basketball (2) and Track (3) at Pelion 
Rec Head Coaching experience in Flag Football, Basketball and Soccer. Rec Assistant Coaching experience in Soccer and Lacrosse.  

Northside Coaching Experience- Head Middle School Football Coach 2019 and Assistant in 2020. Assistant Varsity Coach 2019 and 2020. 
Spring 2021 Assistant Track Coach (Sprinters) 

15 years of Officiating Experience with SCISA, Upward and Recreational Leagues in Football and Basketball. 

Football and Basketball Broadcasting experience with WDOG, High School Game Day, Big South Network and NFHS Network.