Monday, 06 July 2020 19:24

Biggerstaff Steps Down as West Caldwell Football Coach, Simmons Takes Over

Head Football Coach Mike Biggerstaff has stepped down as the leader of the West Caldwell Warrior program. Coach Biggerstaff returned to the sidelines last season to lead the Warriors as the football program was struggling for participation numbers. Coach Biggerstaff, like the true Warrior he is, stepped up in a time that the football program was in need of a leader to turn the program in the right direction quickly. Participation increased dramatically under Coach Biggerstaff and the program is now on much more stable ground.

Coach Biggerstaff informed his players this morning that he would be stepping down. Increased requirements from the NCHSAA and the COVID-19 pandemic have placed a burden on all coaches, especially those that were off-campus coaches.

West Caldwell has announced the hiring of Monte Simmons as the next Head Football Coach of the Warriors. Coach Simmons comes to West Caldwell after previously serving as the coach at West Iredell High School.

Coach Simmons led the West Iredell program as head coach for the past 5 years. The West Iredell program has been on the rise since Coach Simmons took over as their leader.
Simmons was an assistant coach at Hibriten from 2001 to 2015, where he spent many of those years in charge of the defense. He will take over a Warrior program that has seen participation numbers begin to rise under the leadership of Coach Mike Biggerstaff last year. At West Caldwell, Coach Simmons will teach PE and Weightlifting.

Coach Simmons is married to Felicia Hood Simmons, a 1994 graduate of West Caldwell. They have three children Monte Simmons Jr., Felice Simmons, and Micah Simmons. The Simmons family resides in Lenoir.

Quotes from Coaches and Administration
Coach Mike Biggerstaff
“As a football coach you always strive do what is in the best interest of school, and program. Coach Styron and Coach McMasters have always shared that philosophy. Physically, I cannot perform the duties of being a head coach. I cherish the time spent with this staff and these players. Our new coach has the desire, energy, and experience to build a great program. Coach Simmons, his staff, and all the players need and deserve the support of our community, parents, and educational leaders. Thanks to all that have supported my efforts in trying to help the youth of our community.” – Coach Biggerstaff
Principal Craig Styron on Coach Biggerstaff
“We are soo appreciative of not only what Coach Biggerstaff has done in helping return our football program, but more importantly, in the character and pride he has instilled in our young men. In one year, Coach Biggerstaff helped bring back our JV football program, which a year prior had to be dropped due numbers, and got the Varsity program back competitive. Coach Biggerstaff’s passion to the football program, the students, the school, and the community are second to none. He is the “Ultimate Warrior!” It was an honor and a privilege to have you serve as our head football coach and know that you will always be there cheering and rooting for our student-athletes to be successful, not only on the gridiron, but as they go out into the real world to be productive citizens. Thank you Coach Biggerstaff for everything. We wish you all the best!” - Principal Craig Styron
Athletic Director Stephen McMasters on Coach Biggerstaff
“There are no words to describe what Coach Biggerstaff has done for our football program and school during this last year. His entire family has been instrumental in the tremendous progress we made during this past year. His son (Joe Don) and wife (Sandee) have been extremely supportive and active is well. Many people have no idea of the daily grind it is to be a Head Football Coach, and the work is compounded when you are off campus. Coach Biggerstaff stepped up when we were at a low time in our Football program and immediately changed the atmosphere. He developed hunger in our young men, but more importantly he developed pride, respect, and discipline as young men. I will always be indebted to Coach Biggerstaff for what he has taught me and done for me as well as West Caldwell. I consider it an honor to have worked with him. I am a better person and leader thanks to him.” – Athletic Director Stephen McMasters
New Head Coach Monte Simmons
“I am excited and humbled to return home to the community to serve as the new Head Football Coach for West Caldwell High School. I am grateful and thankful to the administrative staff that believed in me to continue the great tradition of Warrior Pride. I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to meeting with the students, parents and the West Caldwell family. I am eager to collaborate with all of the coaches, administrative team, and athletic staff to continue the excellence of Warrior Athletics.” –Head Coach Monte Simmons

Quotes (Continued)

Principal Craig Styron on Monte Simmons
“West Caldwell is excited to announce Coach Monte Simmons as our next head football coach. Coach Simmons is deeply rooted in Caldwell County and will bring stability to our program for many, many years. We have confidence he will continue to move the program in the right direction. Coach Simmons will be very active and involved in our community. Coach Simmons will build lasting relationships with his student-athletes, coaches, faculty/staff, parents, and community. He is a dynamic coach who will build upon the work of Coach Biggerstaff. Welcome Coach Simmons to the Warrior Family!”

Athletic Director Stephen McMasters on Monte Simmons
““It is an honor and pleasure to announce that Monte Simmons will be our next football coach. I am confident that he will continue to build on the work Coach Biggerstaff did last season, and be able to continue the climb for our football program. Coach Simmons will be very visible in the community and has a heart to help young people get to college. He is the perfect fit for what we need in our program right now. I am excited for him to be our next Head Coach, and I look for him to be our coach for many years to come.”

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