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What to know about Parris Baxter, Northeast Guilford’s new football coach

Earlier this offseason, Northeast Guilford hired Antwon Stevenson to be its next head coach. Stevenson decided to hire Parris Baxter as his new defensive coordinator. About a month later, Stevenson accepted the head coaching position at Ragsdale, which is much closer to where he lives.

Northeast Guilford decided to place Baxter in the top job. Baxter was determined to be ready for the position after proving himself to be a quality assistant coach over several seasons at the high school and college levels.

Baxter is a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He attended Duval Senior High School and was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and track). He was a college football player. Baxter played at Shepherd University as a corner and safety during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He then transferred to Winston-Salem State and played there during the 2012-2014 seasons. He was a free safety under Connell Maynor. He made one appearance in the D2 national championship game in 2012 and won multiple CIAA championships at Winston-Salem State.

When he became a coach, Baxter started at Glenn High School in Kenersville under Stevenson. He coached there in 2016 and then again in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He was the outside linebackers and defensive backs coach for the Bobcats.

In 2017, Baxter went to Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro to coach under head coach Brandon Wiggins (the current coach at Chambers). During his time at Smith, Baxter served as the JV defensive coordinator, assistant defensive coordinator, and defensive backs coach.

Baxter became a college coach in 2021 when he was hired as the defensive backs coach, study hall coordinator and assistant recruiting coordinator at Fort Valley State University. He worked under head coach Maurice Fowler, who played with A&T graduate Sean Gibbs at Johnson C. Smith.

In 2023, Baxter coached at Catawba College under Tyler Haines. He was the corner coach and held the title of academic support.