Meet Our Coaches
Derrick Crawford, Head Coach
Coach Crawford is a graduate of class 2000 at Rock Hill High in Rock Hill, SC. After playing three years on Varsity at Rock Hill High, Coach Crawford was accepted to Garden City Community College in Kansas. After a short stay, due to personal reasons, Coach Crawford returned home and started working, not knowing if football was in his future.
In 2001, Coach Crawford was introduced to the Tri-County Jaguars, an Adult Minor League Football Team, based out of Chester, SC where football was again in his future. He played Outside Linebacker through 2002, where the Jaguars won the league championship.
In 2003, a new team was formed in Charlotte, NC called the Charlotte Power. It was also an Adult Minor League Football Team. In that 2003 season, Crawford lead the team in tackles with 115 for the season with 14 sacks to add to his stats. In the 2004 season, the Charlotte Power found themselves in a league Championship game against a tough Orangeburg Ruff Riders team, but the Power pulled off a great goal line stance with seconds remaining in the game. Crawford stormed through the line and made the winning tackle for the Charlotte Power. Crawford played two more seasons with the Charlotte Power before the team ended due to financial reasons.
Coach Crawford then played several more years with a few other teams and began playing in the position of Strong Safety and was recognized for his bone-crushing hits. In 2007, while playing in an Indoor League Football game, during the third quarter, Coach Crawford suffered a right ankle injury, shattering his tibia bone. Coach Crawford's football career was uncertain at that point, not knowing if that injury put his football career in jeopardy. Amazingly, Coach Crawford bounced back and got together with, Bakari Rawlinson (like a brother to him), who started an Adult Minor League Football Team in 2008.
Mr. Rawlinson had a dream to bring a different level of football to Football City USA. There, he linked up with Crawford and helped form the Carolina Scorpions, an Adult Minor League Football team, based out of Rock Hill, SC. In the very first 2008 season, the Scorpions won the League Championship game against a punishing Anderson Red Dawgz team. After that win, the Scorpions traveled to Tallahassee Florida and played against a very powerful Gainesville Georgia team where the Scorpions lost 21-12.
In 2012, Coach Crawford played for the Charlotte Cobras in the National Public Safety League. This League is for Firemen, Police Officers, EMS, Private Security w/ arresting authority, and other Government/Public Service members. Crawford has mentored kids throughout the community and has helped coach a few little League football teams. Coach Crawford was a former Police Officer with the City of Chester, SC, and is currently a School Resource Officer with Allied Universal at Mount Holly Elementary School in Rock Hill, SC and Financial Education Services Agent with FES. The kids, staff, and clients love and respect him for all he does.
Coach Crawford has had a great journey along the way with football and the Law Enforcement/Private Security field. Football has always been a great passion for Coach Crawford and he is very knowledgeable of the game because of the great coaching he received since he was little. His main focus is to ensure that young men take their education seriously because that will take them where they want to go.
Coach Crawford is married to his wonderful wife, Katrina Crawford, of ten years and has four beautiful children (3 boys, 1 girl). Coach Crawford and Bakari Rawlinson formed Ramah Juco Academy from the ground up, to give young men an opportunity to play football at the college level. They want to help young men live life and dream big! 2016 season would've been the team’s first official year, but due to a tragic bus accident, the team had to cancel the season on their way to the first game of the season. Though almost losing their lives in the bus accident, Mr. Rawlinson and Coach Crawford kept the dream alive. The accident has made them realize how short life can be.
Coach Crawford and Mr. Rawlinson have tremendous faith, love God's word and love to be a blessing to others.
Coach Rawlinson, Program Director
Director Rawlinson attended North Greenville College from 1994 to 1996, when a serious knee injury ended his football career. He worked with a successful minor league football team for 8 years. Soon afterwards, he was blessed to host workouts for semi-pro and professional programs. His passion to give of himself grew, so 2015 along with several others, they started a college football program, the Ramah Rams. Shortly after, he was inspired to participate in creating the first HBCU post grad/independent Junior College Football Conference, on the East Coast. Director Rawlinson resides in Rock Hill, SC, with his wife of twenty two years and they have three amazing children!
Lawrence Brewton, Defense Coordinator
"The first time I played was for the CC Woodson Gamecocks and from there, I went on to playing middle school football,” stated Coach Lawrence. He played for Spartanburg High School in South Carolina, where they were undefeated and won 3 State Championships. Once he graduated high school, he went on to play college football for Benedict College in Columbia, SC and had the opportunity to play for a local Semi-Pro Team, in Columbia. Later, he began coaching middle & high school football. Once he moved to Rock Hill, he started coaching Semi-Pro and Women’s Full Contact Football. He currently resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife and one son.
“I didn’t come this far to only come this far. I came this far so I can be strong enough to go further. If the journey wasn’t challenging, the destination wouldn’t be rewarding. It’s the challenge that makes the greatness.”
Marcus Thompson, DB COACH
Coach Thompson is a Native of the Townships of York County, SC. He begin his career as a football player in 1992, as a free safety and back up tailback for the York Fire Department Tigers in York, SC. In 1993 Coach Thompson led his team to an undefeated season and finished as City Champs. Thompson moved to Rock Hill, SC in 1994. He then became the starting strong safety for the Castle Height Knights.
As a 8th grader, Coach Thompson led his team to an undefeated season and became the player of the year in 1995. In 1996, Coach Thompson started at free safety for the Rock Hill High School Bearcats. Coach Thompson attended Newberry College and after one season, he decided to depart from the college.
Coach Thompson has been involved with the program since the beginning. He is a proud son and father, and wholeheartedly love coaching and mentoring the youth!
Will Baxter, Offensive coordinator/ Recruiter
Originally from Rock Hill, SC., where he attended Northwestern High School and was a
member of the 1993 State Championship Football Team. After graduating from NHS in 1995, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served 14 years on Active Duty. He played 2 years of Semi-Pro Football, while stationed in Japan. His coaching career began in 2002 at Erwin High School in Asheville N.C., where he served as a Wide Receiver Coach. "I have been blessed to learn the game from some great coaches, but even better men. I have been a coach for 16 years and I value the lessons, failures, and triumphs along the way. The greatest thing Football has allowed me to do is share my Faith in the Lord with young men and women throughout my journey. I look forward to helping build a program to make the City of Rock Hill proud. Go
Bryant Thorpe, Defensive Line Coach
Bryant Thorpe was born in Philadelphia, Pa., where he graduated from Chester Senior High School in 2006. There he played football and basketball, ran track and wrestled. He played football at Itawamba Community College for 1 year and at Valdosta State University in south GA for 2 years, where they won the 2007 National Championship. For the past 9 years, he has played and coached Semi-Pro Football in Rock Hill, York, Lancaster, and Charlotte areas.
Dalton McGuirt, Quarterback Coach
I played this great game from recreational all the way to a season of junior college before hurting my shoulder. My coaching career is consistent with my playing career, I’ve been at every level up to junior college for a season. I’ve spent 19 years of my life devoted to this great game and look forward to teaching you young men all about it.
Phillip Young, Offensive Line Coach
Revis Moore, Linebacker Coach
Jose White, Running Back Coach
Al Crawford, Wide Receiver Coach
Al Crawford is a native of Rock Hill SC and is a graduate of Northwestern high school. After high school, Al joined the US Army where he served seven years. Al has been playing football since he was 9 years old. He has played many positions including Defensive end, tight end and receiver. Al has also coached on different levels including pee wee up to semi-pro. While living in Cleveland Ohio, Al played and coached offence for the Cleveland Cardinals and the Cleveland Outlaws winning a championship with the Outlaws.
Al Crawford is currently a Captain and the Enforcement Division Commander at the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. He oversees the operations for the patrol, detectives and narcotics units. Al is married with three children and three grandchildren.
David Nibbs, Speed & Performance Coach
Coach Nibbs is a native of the Virgin Islands, but has lived in the Carolinas for over 20yrs. He has been a sports performance coach and sprints coach for the past 15yrs, in Raleigh and Charlotte. Coach Nibbs has been blessed to work with hundreds of elite youth, college, professional athletes, and teams during his career, helping them increase their overall speed, athletic performance and mindset. His goal has always been to help every athlete reach their ultimate potential.
Coach Nibbs also runs a local youth track and field club and is an active realtor. He enjoys rock climbing, martial arts, and playing Lego with his daughter.