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Broughton adds four coaches

Staff WriterJuly 26, 2011 

Broughton High will have four new head coaches as fall sports practice begins during the next few days.

Jim Frey (volleyball), Laura Davidson (girls tennis), Steve Smith (girls golf) and Nick Wheeler (boys soccer) are the new coaches.

"We have a lot more changes than usual," said Jack Spain, Broughton's athletic director. "We're very fortunate to put together this group of coaches. I feel like we hit the jackpot.

"Our players and our parents are going to be very pleased."

Frey, Davidson and Smith have long ties with the Broughton athletics program. Wheeler has been an assistant boys soccer coach at Leesville Road.

Frey has extensive club volleyball experience and was a volleyball coach at Raleigh Magellan Charter.

Davidson is a longtime tennis player and has been involved in the Broughton tennis program.

Smith has worked with the Broughton boys golf team the past two years. He has been involved with junior golf for 25 years and has been officiating golf for several years.

Football practice: Most area high school football teams will begin official workouts on Saturday, the first day allowed by the N.C. High School Athletic Association, but Southeast Raleigh won't get started until Monday afternoon at 3:30.

Southeast, which uses a modified calendar, began classes yesterday.

"We have to find creative ways to dodge the hottest times," Southeast coach Daniel Finn said. "It is difficult for us to go early in the morning because we are in school. If we have a streak where it is excessively hot and we can't get in our contact practices because of the heat, we'll work in some practices before school starts. We had to do that a couple of years ago."

McLean goes golden: Raleigh's Sean McLean won gold and silver medals during the Pan American Junior Championships held Friday through Sunday in Miramar, Fla.

McLean earned his gold medal with the U.S. 4x100 relay team as he and Boone (Fla.) High junior Marvin Bracey, Auburn University's Keenan Brock and Barton County (Kan.) Community College's Oliver Bradwell ran a 39.43 for the title.

McLean, who ran for Word of God Christian Academy this spring, was second in the 200 meters behind the University of Alabama's NCAA 400 meters champion, Kirani James of Grenada.

"It was fun running with Kirani James," McLean told U.S.A. Track & Field representatives. "Feels pretty good. He is one of the best.

"I started breaking down over the last part of the race. I wanted to get out good and hold him off. This is my favorite meet of all, my first USA team."

McLean was the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 1-A 100-meters champion this spring.

West Rowan ranked: West Rowan, the NCHSAA 3-A football champion in 2010, has the nation's longest winning streak and is ranked No. 99 in the country by the Rivals.com recruiting site.

The Falcons have won 46 straight games.

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