Stratford High School product Page Wofford is literally living in a dream. Just ask him.
On June 20, the former three-sport letterman at SHS was named the new football coach at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, one of the state’s best gigs located in a hot bed of football near the North Carolina line. Folks from Rock Hill call it Football City for good reason.
“It’s been surreal,” the 1993 Stratford graduate said. “It’s been a million miles a minute. I know that’s a cliché but it’s 100 percent true.”
It’s a return to Northwestern for Wofford, who spent last fall as the offensive coordinator at Daniel High School near Clemson. Wofford was previously a receivers coach for the Trojans for the 2012-17 seasons, serving on two state championship staffs in 2013 and 2015 and another that finished runner-up in 2012.
“First of all I never thought I’d get a chance to coach at Northwestern,” Wofford said. “Just being an assistant coach here was a dream come true. The success we had when I was here was more than I could have ever asked for.”
The 2013 title came at Stratford’s expense, 62-35, and the 2015 crown was the school’s fifth overall and third since 2010.
The Trojans slumped last season while Daniel was springing back to life with Wofford calling the shots on offense. The Lions went 2-8 in 2017 but finished 11-2 in 2018 and averaged 42.6 points per game. One of their wins was over a natural rival to Northwestern, South Pointe, in the playoffs, keeping the Stallions from possibly winning their fifth straight state title.
Wofford will lead South Carolina’s quarterbacks in the Shrine Bowl after the 2019 season.
His coaching journey began right out of college in the Lowcountry. He finished at Winthrop in 1997 and earned a master’s degree from Clemson in 1999.
His began his first job in 2000 under Bob Hayes at Wando. Hayes was an offensive assistant at Stratford when Wofford was a quarterback for the Knights.
“I was just coming out of school and he taught me organization,” Wofford said. “He taught me the importance of focusing on what you can focus on and not to worry about things you can’t control. He taught me there was a time to be intense and a time to be a little soft.”
Wofford spent eight years with the Warriors before being handed the keys to Hanahan’s offense by Charlie Patterson in 2008.
The Hawks averaged 40 and 38 points per game Wofford’s last two seasons as offensive coordinator.
“Charlie gave me a chance to spread my wings there,” Wofford said. “I had control of the offense. We were able to score a bunch of points, move the ball and win a bunch of games. I realized I could do this at a high level.”
In the weight room, Wofford was named the state’s strength coach of the year in 2009.
He left for Northwestern in the summer of 2012. In his six seasons as an assistant, the Trojans compiled a record of 66-16.
Northwestern was 4-7 last season under James Martin. Martin resigned in the spring, opening the door for Wofford to continue the family tradition.
His father, Buck Wofford, was a state champion as a player at Berkeley High School in 1960 and again as an assistant coach in 1981. He was inducted into Berkeley’s athletic hall of fame in 2018.
“My grandfather was a football coach and my father was a longtime football coach at Berkeley High School.” Wofford said. “I grew up knowing I wanted to be a football coach.”
Now he gets a shot to test himself in one of the most fertile areas for football talent in the country. Northwestern, Rock Hill and South Pointe have combined for 15 state championships over the years, including 10 since 2002.