Excitement for Rolesville Rams Football Season Builds with New Head Coach

When the Rolesville Rams take the field on August 19 for their first home game against Fayetteville’s Terry Sanford Bulldogs, they will be working under a new coach to continue the success of their still-young program.

RHS Football Coach Wilson Helms

Wilson Helms is the new football coach at Rolesville High School.
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Rolesville Athletic Department

This non-conference game will give Coach Wilson Helms, who was hired July 5, a chance to see the team in game action.

“Rolesville has so much enthusiasm for high school football; it’s that ‘Friday Night Lights’ level of excitement,” Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said. “The team had a rocky start, but it has gotten better and better. And with this new leadership, our players are getting a great experience, and the town is getting a great team to get out and support.”

The Rams head into their fourth season after making the 4A state playoffs last season but losing to Cape Fear 26-19 in the first round. That team also included players from Rolesville’s first senior class.

Helms said he hopes to have a winning team that is part of a growing tradition of athletic excellence at Rolesville High School, and he also wants to see his team thrive academically too.

“We have to do well scholastically. It is the most important piece, before the athletic piece. This is very much on my mind,” Helms said.

Helms is in the process of evaluating the current academic supports that are in place for athletes. This year, he will be teaching physical education with weight training at Rolesville, a change from the 10 years he spent as a social studies teacher with advanced placement classes.

Helms played fullback, tight end and center at Wingate University. After graduating from Wingate in 2006, Helms coached at White Oak High School in Jacksonville and then Southwest Guilford High School in High Point before accepting a position as a defensive line coach at Page High School in Greensboro.

“We are very excited to have Wilson Helms as our head football coach,” said Tommy Moore, Rolesville High School athletic director. We believe that Coach Helms and his staff’s commitment to our student-athletes in the classroom and on the field will promote a winning attitude throughout our program.”

Helms grew up on the sidelines of high school football. His father, Ken Helms, is the defensive coordinator at Millbrook High School and has coached high school football since Helms was born.

“My dad started coaching football at Sanderson High School in 1984,” Wilson Helms said. “Coaching has been in my blood, and it is what I was made to do.”

— Susan Ware Flower | susan.flower@rolesvillebuzz.com | August 2016

2016 Rolesville Rams Football Schedule

All games start at 7 p.m.

8/19 vs. Terry Sanford

8/26 @ Heritage

9/1 7 vs. Enloe

9/9 @ Wake Forest

9/16 vs. West Johnston

9/23 @ Knightdale

9/30@ Southeast Raleigh

10/7 vs. East Wake

10/21 @ Harnett Central

10/28 vs. Clayton

11/4 @ Garner Magnet