Presbyterian College and Head football coach Tommy Spangler announced Friday the promotion of Kent Haltiwanger to assistant coach. In this position he will be responsible for tight ends. He has also been named Director of Football Operations.
“I am excited to finally be able to name Kent (Haltiwanger) assistant coach here at PC coaching our tight ends,” said Spangler. “He has a wealth of experience and knows the ins and outs of football, and has already been an asset here the last three seasons. Previously, he turned around Wade Hampton and knows what it takes to be successful. I know he’ll continue to do great things here.”
Haltiwanger is in his fourth season on the PC football staff but first year as a full-time assistant coach. He has been a football analyst, working with the offense, the last three seasons.
“It is great to be back full-time at my alma mater,” said Haltiwanger. “PC is such a wonderful institution and it is a place I have always considered home. I’m thankful for Coach Spangler and the staff here for having faith in me to continue to do what I love.”
Haltiwanger served as head coach at Wade Hampton High School for 10 seasons, posting a record of 50-63, matching Bill Phillips as the Generals' winningest coach. He led the Generals to five winning seasons in 10 years. Only nine teams had made the playoffs previously, and seven of his 10 teams reached the postseason.
Wade Hampton moved up to Class AAAA in 2012 and reached the playoffs in its first two seasons in the new classification. In 2012, the Generals defeated traditional powers Gaffney and Spartanburg.
A three-time region coach of the year, Haltiwanger led Wade Hampton to a 9-3 record in 2011, including a 5-0 mark in the Peach Blossom AAA Region. The Generals won the region that year, the school's second region title in football in its history and its first since 1968.
Prior to his stint at Wade Hampton, Haltiwanger was an assistant football coach and head track coach at Hilton Head from 2004-2005. From 2000-2004, Haltiwanger was an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Clover High School. He was also at Newbery High School from 1988 to 2000.
Haltiwanger graduated from Presbyterian College in 1987 with a degree in History. He played football all four years, under both Elliott Poss and Cally Gault, and was starting center for the 1987 NAIA Quarterfinal championship team. He also played baseball for two seasons.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Science Administration from the US Sports Academy in 2001.
Haltiwanger is married to the former Tracy Yarborough of Lexington, S.C. They have two children, Kelly (24), who works for Deloitte in Philadelphia, and Rachel (21), who is a junior at the University of South Carolina.