The 49-year old Illing takes over the position after Renfrow vacated the position to return to his old job as Socastee AD. Illing was at Davie County High since 1998, where he built the program into a championship contender. He guided the War Eagles to an appearance in the 2010 North Carolina Class 4A State Championship.
Illing was a kicker at Wake Forest, starting his junior and senior seasons under head coach Al Groh. Illing played quarterback in high school for the legendary John McKissick at Summerville.
Illing told Davie County school officials he was leaving late last week. He is a native of Summerville, South Carolina. He has more than 20 years of coaching experience, more than half of that time spent as head coach at Davie County.
Illing takes over a Socastee football program that won 12 games last season, most in school history. Socastee also returns the area's top player, quarterback Hunter Renfrow, who won WPDE's Zoneman Trophy last season.