Jerald returns as Andrews athletic director
When Linwood Jerald first came to T.W. Andrews six years ago, he believed it would be his last job.
It didn’t work out that way, but now he’s back looking to finish what he started. Jerald was recently named the school’s athletic director, replacing Ben Robinson, who, after five years as AD, decided to step down.
“I’m very excited,” said Jerald, who was AD for the 2007-2008 school year. “This is a great place, I love it here, and I’m blessed to have this opportunity to come back and finish what I started five years ago.”
Jerald spent the last five years as the AD at Atkins, initially taking the job because his wife fell ill but has since recovered. Once Robinson stepped down, deciding to spend more time with his family, Jerald chose to reapply.
Out of the roughly 70 applicants — a number of whom were also strong candidates, Andrews assistant principal Mark Houlihan said — Jerald was the strongest with 40 years in coaching and athletics.
“We had a very good pool of candidates,” Houlihan said, “but Coach Jerald, with his experience, dedication and great reputation, really stood out. … (His previous experience at Andrews) was very helpful.
“It’s never a good time to replace an AD. In the summer it’s difficult with setting up everything for football. But it certainly helps to have someone who knows Guilford County and has also worked in a neighboring county.”
Jerald coached football for 15 years at Winston-Salem State and seven at N.C. A&T, before transitioning to high school athletics at Parkland, Smith and Grimsley prior to his time at Andrews.
“There are some different faces and some familiar faces, including some of the coaches I hired,” Jerald said. “It’s a great feeling to be back — it’s hard to describe. There are a lot of great people here, and I’m excited for the opportunity.”