Diamond calls it a career

WALNUT COVE – Having coached football between Mount Airy, East Surry and South Stokes for over 50 years, David Diamont decided to retire after four seasons with the Sauras.

The Mount Airy and Surry County Hall of Fame coach was 19-22 at South Stokes to finish his career 310-175.

“South Stokes have made the last four years fantastic for this old man,” claimed Diamont. “They have a lot of potential here (South) and with the return of every offensive lineman and the right coaches they can have some success here. I really enjoyed my journey here.

“Thank you to Mitch Adams (former South Stokes Athletic Director) and Johnna Cheek (former South Stokes Director) for giving me the opportunity to coach again. And thank you to Mr. (Chris) Bottoms, Coach (Jason) Clark and everyone else who believed in what we were trying to do here in South Stokes.

The coach received the prestigious Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Regional Meeting last September, and in September 2018, the stadium at East Surry High School was named in his honor, where NC Governor Roy Cooper presented him with the Laurel Wreath Award, an award given to North Carolinians who have made outstanding contributions to the state in the field of sports.

Diamont served his community and state by being elected to the NC House of Representatives from 1974 to 1994, and in 1989 served as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. In 2017, Cooper appointed him to the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee in honor of his 46-year teaching career.

In October 1994, the bus received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, a prestigious award also presented by the NC Governor who has a proven track record of extraordinary service to the state.

Diamont teams made the NCHSAA 1A State Championships three of his four seasons with South Stokes, hosting the first round all three years. His 2021 team advanced to the second round with a 28-16 victory over Christ the King before falling to Thomasville.

Despite only having 19 varsity players, the Sauras finished 4-7 this season with seven of those players being voted into the Northwest 1A All-Conference team. The team hosted Mountain Heritage in the first round and lost 42-8

At Diamont’s final football banquet on Sunday, he presented four different team awards after thanking parents for letting him be a part of their children’s lives.

Deuce Chalmers was voted best running back, Dez Galloway best lineman, Brandon Bradford most valuable player on the team, and the coaching award went to Arlyn Durrell and Daniel Martin.

Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.

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