Coach Mike Pope passed away on September 23, 2014 at his home in Monroe, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Gardner Pope; 3 daughters, Taylor Morse and her husband, Christopher of Houston, Texas, Elizabeth Laxton and her husband, Chad of Clemson, S.C. and Sarah Pope of Williamston, S.C. and a grandson, Newton Alexander Morse. He is also survived by his brother Greg Pope and his wife Anna, of Monroe, N.C. Also nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Coach Pope coached at Piedmont High, Monroe, N.C., Lancaster High, Lancaster, S.C., Sumter High, Sumter, S.C., Blackville-Hilda High, Blackville, S.C., Indian Land High, Lancaster, S.C., Goose Creek High, Goose Creek, S.C., Seneca High, Seneca, S.C., Hillcrest High, Simpsonville, S.C., Lakewood High, Sumter, S.C. and Walhalla High, Walhalla, S.C. The last five years he was coaching at Wingate University in Wingate, N.C.
He loved coaching football and especially his Hawg Tuff Camps.
A scholarship has been set up at Wingate University, "Mike Pope Hawg Tuff" Scholarship. It will benefit a student athlete in the football program at Wingate each year. If you would like to give a tax deductible gift to this fund in his honor, please send it to:
Mike Pope Hawg Tuff Scholarship
Office of Resource Development
P.O. Box 159
Wingate, N.C. 28174
There will be an annual Hawg Tuff Camp the last Saturday in April each year to benefit the scholarship fund. The cost will be $50 per camper and the Wingate coaching staff with other Hawg Tuff coaches will be there. Plan to bring your campers for a great day of football !
This family picture was taken on September 20, 2014 at the first home Wingate football game.