Panthers Interim HC Steve Wilks Excited For Opportunity And Embracing Challenge

The Steve Wilks Era Begins. Panthers Interim Head Coach Steve Wilks is leading the men inside the locker-room. WCCB's Kelli Bartik reports how he's also inspiring the young men on the field at West Charlotte High School, where he graduated.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Steve Wilks Era officially begins in Carolina.

Interim Head Coach Steve Wilks is leading the men inside the Panthers locker-room. WCCB’s Kelli Bartik reports how he’s also inspiring the young men on the field at West Charlotte, where he was a star player, and graduated high school.

Steve Wilks knows what it takes to win, and Carolina’s interim head coach is focused on getting the Panthers back on track.

After a 1-and-4 start, many on the outside have already given up on the season, But Wilks has not, and says his team hasn’t either.
“I think the guys, again, realize we have great talent inside this room, inside this locker room. And they feel like right now, we’re just not hitting the mark yet,” Wilks said during his first news conference after he was officially introduced as the interim head coach. “The confidence is there, we’ve just got to find the consistency to turn it around.”
The 53-year old is excited for the opportunity to coach his hometown team but Wilks doesn’t want his story-line to take away from the task at hand.  While the Queen City native is leading the men inside of the Panthers locker room, Kelli Bartik says, “he’s also inspiring these young men, here out on the football field at West Charlotte, where he graduated high school.”
“I can’t disregard where I’m from or where I grew up,” Wilks said when asked about his Lion Pride and West Charlotte High School roots. “Is it dear to my heart? Yes. Am I an example for many to follow? Yes. So I understand the torch that I carry.”