Bob Wolfe, the veteran Apex High football coach, has retired from coaching after 18 seasons as the Cougars head coach.
Apex had not had a winning season in 12 straight seasons when Wolfe, now 61, was named interim head coach just before the 1994 season. From 1998 through 2008, Apex went 11 straight seasons with a winning regular-season record, including two co-conference championships and nine consecutive playoff appearances.
The Cougars reached the third round in the 2008 season.
Wolfe was 103-99-3 at the school.
"I didn't seek the head job out," Wolfe said, adding that he tried to turn down the promotion for current assistants who had been there longer, only to find out they had recommended him.
"I just had a feeling that God had put me here for a reason, and I didn't know what that was at that time. But I would have never imagined that it's been like it's been."
Apex is the fifth area team to have a head football coaching vacancy, joining Jeff Smouse of Athens Drive, Ron Clark of Enloe, Mike Briggs of Jordan and Frank Lassitter of Smithfield-Selma.
Marshall gets Gatorade: Millbrook running back Keith Marshall was named as the North Carolina Gatorade high school football player of the year on Thursday.
Marshall, 6-foot-1, 190 pound, rushed for 1,891 yards and 25 touchdowns while leading Millbrook to a 6-6 record in 2011 and a berth in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA playoffs.
He is the school's all-time leading rusher, having piled up 1,560 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2010 and 1,166 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2009 as a sophomore.
Marshall is one of the fastest high school players in the country and consistently has run 40 yards in less than 4.4 seconds. He was the NCHSAA 4A state 100 meters champion last spring and has a 4.29 overall grade point average.
He is expected to announce his college decision on Tuesday. Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Clemson are believed to be his leading schools.
Greenfield impresses: Wilson Greenfield already has beaten two teams that could contend for N.C. Independent School Athletic Association state basketball championships. Greenfield topped Ravenscroft 70-67 and Raleigh Word of God 71-65.
Greenfield is 4-1 including a 73-42 win against Waccamaw Academy and a 56-54 win against Wesleyan Academy of Georgia. Greenfield lost to Greensboro Day, 79-58.
Aaron Roundtree, a 6-foot-8 Wake Forest recruit, leads Greenfield and 6-5 UNC-Asheville recruit Sam Hughes had 20 and 12 rebounds against Ravenscroft and 27 points and 10 rebounds against Word of God.
Concussion awareness: Chris Dorman, a fullback and linebacker on Garner's 1987 football state championship club, may not have been allowed to play in the NCHSAA 4-A championship game if current rules were in effect then.
Dorman, who weighed about 150 pounds, was an inside linebacker and took a pounding.
He guesses he had at least three concussions during the playoffs.
"I don't know if they could have kept me out," Dorman said of his concussions. "I wanted to play"
J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.