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LUMBERTON — Pending approval by the Public Schools of Robeson County at Tuesday’s board meeting, Mike Setzer will be Lumberton’s next football coach.

Lumberton High School athletics director Mackie Register confirmed the choice in a statement released Sunday afternoon. The school’s pick was first reported through sources Saturday night by The Robesonian, but Register would not confirm the selection at that time.

“Mike is a tremendous leader in the community as well as the football field and we feel he is the right fit for Lumberton High School as we move forward.,” Register said in a statement. “He has an it factor that will make students, faculty, administration and the community want to be involved with Lumberton football.”

Setzer, a former head coach at St. Pauls and West Caldwell who worked briefly on Mike Brill’s staff at Lumberton in 2010, impressed the search committee with his view of the future during final interviews last week.

The former East Carolina standout went 24-26 in four seasons at St. Pauls with three playoff appearances before resigning in 2008 to coach at West Caldwell, his alma-mater. In two seasons there, the Warriors went 1-21 before Setzer left to return to Robeson County.

In 2007 at St. Pauls, Setzer was named Robeson County Coach of the Year.

Setzer was a high school quarterback before developing into a tight end under Steve Logan at East Carolina. He played in the Arena Football League with the Charleston Swamp Foxes

Setzer’s son, Kane Banner, is a redshirt freshman quarterback at Duke. He was an all-county selection as a senior at St. Pauls in 2012. If approved, Setzer will inherit 17 returning starters at Robeson County’s largest school.

“We also feel Mike is a guy that can put the pieces of the puzzle together here at Lumberton because, we have a lot going for us,” Register said. “We have a good young coaching staff returning with two new additions since football season was over and plans to add more. We have good support from administration, faculty and the community as well.

“We already have our athletes working hard in the weight room and a solid youth program. We have big plans for Lumberton football but, it will take a little time and hard work. If, Mike Setzer is approved Tuesday night, we know that the hard work will begin and the puzzle will start to come together.”

Lumberton has not announced any staff changes with its incoming coach at this time.

Reach staff writer Brad Crawford at bcrawford@civitasmedia.com or follow him on Twitter @MrPalmettoSDS.

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