FERRUM - Director of Athletics Abe Naff has announced the hiring of Devan Sproles as Assistant Football Coach at Ferrum College. Sproles will work under first-year Head Coach Rob Grande. Sproles joins the Ferrum coaching staff after having served as Assistant Football Coach at John S. Battle High School the past two years. At Battle High School, Sproles also served as Alternative Education Learning Lab Teacher. Sproles also served Assistant Wrestling Coach for two years. He helped head coaches for both programs with all aspects of a highly-competitive football and wrestling programs.
Sproles also served the past four years as Recreation Assistant for the town of Abingdon, Virginia. Sproles was a four-year starter at linebacker for Emory & Henry College. He was a first team All-Conference selection in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in 2011 and the Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Richmond Touchdown Club's 2011 Lanier Award, an award which honors the Virginia Small College Player of the Year.
Sproles earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Human Performance from Emory & Henry in 2013. He is a 2009 graduate of J.J. Kelly High School. Sproles begins his position at Ferrum immediately, and will be working with the Panthers' defensive line.
FRANKLIN CO. - State police say a head-on collision on Route 220 Wednesday afternoon has killed one person and injured another.
One person was reportedly air lifted from the scene.
Earlier Wednesday, one northbound lane of traffic was blocked and traffic was backed up in both directions.
State police worked with VDOT to clear the scene.
Traffic is now open in both directions.
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