Carroll County’s new head football coach Eddie Sloss is excited and ready for the challenge of taking over the Cavaliers’ football program.
Sloss, who was hired as Carroll’s new football coach in February, met fans, friends, parents and well-wishers Thursday during a Meet the Coach fundraiser at CCHS. While the Cavaliers have struggled on the gridiron in recent years, Sloss is encouraged by the enthusiasm in the program and community members who are working hard to try to get things turned around. In particular, he is impressed with the amount of work the Carroll County Cavaliers Touchdown Club has put in behind the scenes.
“The Touchdown Club is a fine bunch of people, Mr. (Gary) Adams, Mr. (Chris) Goad and Mrs. (Kerry) Crowley, they are working their hind parts off. They are working hard getting these fundraisers going,” Sloss said. “They have been a real blessing and they are gung-ho about these kids and the program here, which is good. I have been at schools where you don’t have that kind of support, so it has been nice.”
Sloss, who served as defensive coordinator at Christiansburg High School in 2013, comes to Carroll County with close to 20 years of coaching experience. A player at Blacksburg High School from 1986-89, Sloss was a member of Blacksburg’s Group AA State championship team in 1989. He’s also played semi-pro football for the Roanoke Rush and has coached at Auburn, Blacksburg, Patrick Henry, and Middleburg, Florida at different times over the past 21 years.
“It’s going well. We’re still in the process of trying to get a coaching staff nailed down. We’ve got the schedule for the next cycle in place and we’ve got some fundraisers like tonight, just kicking some things off and trying to build up some enthusiasm and excitement,” Sloss said. “I’ve got quite a bit of players that have committed to playing. I know we had like 90-some kids when I came up for the initial signup just at the high school. We also had a middle school meeting and had over 50 kids, so I feel like the numbers are there. It’s just a matter of me getting to see them move a little bit.”
Sloss, who is still teaching in Montgomery County, won’t have to wait long for that chance as a skills and drills session was set for Monday, April 28. He said that will be his first chance to see the kids run, catch and throw.
“I am looking forward to it,” Sloss said. “I wish I was here now, but it’s going well.”
Sloss is still in the process of putting together a coaching staff. So far, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Greer has joined as a volunteer and will help coach the offensive line. While things have been a little slow to come together, Sloss remains upbeat about the situation.
“It’s a work in progress right now, but it is going to work out okay. We are going to get a staff, whoever God wants us to have here will be on staff and that is the way I am looking at it,” Sloss said. “I really believe he has people set for these important positions and I believe it work out. Mr. Greer here is on board and he is excited. I think the enthusiasm is going to be key and that is what they are going to see from me. They are going to see enthusiasm, they are going to see excitement, and hopefully the players will pick up on that and it will carry over and get them excited. It will all work out. If we have to coach them with four, we will coach them with four, but we will get it done.”
Among the fundraisers Sloss mentioned include an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support the Carroll County Cavalier Touchdown Club on Sat., May 3 from 9-11 a.m. at the Applebee’s in Galax. Then on May 24, the Inaugural Cavaliers Gridiron Classic will be held at Olde Mill Golf Course starting with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. For more information, contact Chris Goad at (276) 728-2231.