Samek resigns from coaching Rolesville
ROLESVILLE — Rolesville football head coach Martin Samek made the decision to step away from coaching and it was announced Monday, June 6 that offensive coordinator Richard Shuping will take his place as interim head coach for the upcoming season.
Samek did not give a specific reason why he resigned from being the head coach. He did say that he will continue being a teacher at Rolesville.
“There’s not much to say,” Samek said. “I didn’t break any laws or do anything inappropriate. There were other things that happened that created a change in leadership. That’s all I want to say about the matter.”
Samek arrived at Rolesville in 2019. In his first season as head coach, he turned a football program from going 6-6 in the previous year into 10-3 the next season.
That same year, the Rams lost to Wake Forest in the second round of the 4A state playoffs.
In 2020, Rolesville won its first football conference championship in school history by going 9-1 overall and undefeated in NAC 6 conference play at 5-0. The Rams beat Wake Forest for the first time ever and did it again in the 4AA east regional championship in a thrilling 24-21 overtime victory.
Rolesville also made it to the 4AA state championship game for the first time, but lost to Chambers from Charlotte 35-14.
Last year, Rolesville went 9-6 overall and finished fourth in the NAC 6 conference with a 2-3 record, but still made the 4AA state playoffs. The Rams made it all the way to the east regional championship game, but lost to Cardinal Gibbons 36-28 on the road.
Over the span of his three-year career at Rolesville, Samek racked up 28 wins, a conference title and an east regional title.
Samek went on to say that he will still be a big supporter of Rolesville football. He wishes nothing but success for his former offensive coordinator.
“I am hopeful for Coach Shuping,” Samek said. “He will do a fantastic job. He and the staff will take great care of the football players at Rolesville. The players are in great hands.”
This will be Shuping’s first time as a head coach of a football team. He played at Catawba College and then became an assistant coach for the school after he graduated.
Later on, Shuping was a defensive backs coach at a high school in South Carolina. Samek recruited him to join him at Rolesville three years ago to become the school’s offensive coordinator. Now, Shuping is the fourth head coach in school history at Rolesville.
“I was shocked and surprised when our athletic director Tom Kinkelaar told me the news,” Shuping said. “I’m also excited to keep things going and keep improving the way we have.”
Shuping is also a physical education and weight training teacher at Rolesville. He is familiar with the students and will use that close relationship to make sure the football program stays on the right track.
“I’m going to keep the culture that Samek brought here,” Shuping said. “We’re going to be aggressive and work hard. We will maintain the confidence we have and keep things rolling.”
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