Dear Incoming Freshman and Parents:
On behalf of the Knightdale Football staff I would like to welcome you to the Knightdale Football Program. It is a pleasure to have you and your son as a part of the program and we truly hope you will be a positive supporter of the program. We are thrilled to begin working with you towards the Knightdale Football mission, which is to “develop championship student athletes of character on and off the field.” I firmly believe that high school athletics provide a vehicle for educating student-athletes in valuable life lessons. Football teaches personal responsibility, self-control, teamwork, and mental and emotional endurance. Additionally, the Junior Varsity football team provides an immediate opportunity for our students to experience the brotherhood that they will hopefully continue to develop over four years at Knightdale High School.
In order for us to reach our goals we must have an incredible off-season work ethic. I strongly believe that champions are made in the off-season so we encourage all entering freshmen to participate in our summer workouts and strength & conditioning program. Our summer workout schedule is attached. There are some key dates to remember. The Knightdale High School Athletic Department will host our annual Physical Night and Athletic Open House on Thursday, June 4 at 6:00pm in the main gym. The cost of the physical is $10.00. Head coaches from all varsity sports will be available to answer questions and distribute information on summer workouts and camps. All athletes who are interested in playing at KHS should plan on getting a physical on this night. All physicals must be on the new NCHSAA form. All football players that wish to participate in summer workouts will be required to have a physical and a TICKET TO PLAY in advance of our starting date of June 15.
As a head coach, I am aware that there are times when parents have concerns. If you have a concern regarding the program or if I can assist you in anyway, I encourage you to contact me. Please keep in mind high school football is a highly competitive sport and the emphasis does shift from participation to competition. Those players who abide by the rules, work hard, and put our team in the best situation to be successful will see the majority of the action. Obviously natural ability plays a major part in this selection. We do feel, as a staff, that since we are with our players everyday in practice and have the opportunity to see them perform not only in games but also on film and in practice, we are in the best position to evaluate performance and effort. Academic performance and proper demeanor, on and off campus, can play a major part in our evaluation of players. Regardless of how a player begins the season there is always the opportunity to compete for playing time throughout the football season.
Again welcome to the program, I look forward to seeing you at the football games.
Head Coach Cedric Dargan
- June 4 – Physical Night & Athletic Open House
- June 15 – Summer Workouts Begin
- August 1 – Football Tryouts Begin