Stevens: Former Cardinal Gibbons volleyball coach Jim Freeman takes Saint Mary’s reins

tstevens@newsobserver.comAugust 9, 2012 

Jim Freeman, who built a high school volleyball dynasty at Cardinal Gibbons High, is the new coach at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh. Freeman has a 426-111 career high school coaching record and led Gibbons to 10 state titles, including four in the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

During one 12-year span, his Crusaders played in 12 straight championships in either the NCHSAA or the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Freeman is being reunited with former Gibbons athletic director Dean Monroe, who is now the Saint Mary’s AD. Freeman was the assistant AD at Gibbons as well as the volleyball coach before leaving to coach the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at Barton College in Wilson.

“Jim Freeman is the best,” Monroe said. “As a coach and as a teacher, he is outstanding. He is organized and so knowledgeable. He is extremely good at instructing techniques, developing talent and motivating players.”

He has coached more than 30 NCAA Division I players.

“I’m really excited to return to high school volleyball,” Freeman said. “It’s good to be working with Dean again and I’m looking forward to building a program.”

Garner volleyball: A couple of Garner High volleyball players recently announced their commitments to UNC-Wilmington. Senior Kristen Powell committed to the Seahawks to play volleyball while teammate Madison Stewart will play softball at UNC-W.

Southeast scrimmage: Southeast Raleigh is hosting a 12-team football schedule on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The lineup has Enloe vs. Green Hope followed in 75 minute increments by Clayton vs. Athens Drive, Garner vs. Southern Durham, Knightdale vs. Middle Creek and Millbrook vs. Panther Creek. The final scrimmage is scheduled for 7:15 with Southeast facing Wakefield.

Caps coach: Brad McCorkle is the new girls varsity basketball coach at Broughton. McCorkle graduated from Fort Mill (S.C.) High and played basketball at Guilford College. He has coached the St. David’s junior varsity girls basketball team in recent years.

“I am extremely excited,” McCorkle said. “This is a great group of young women. I’ve gotten to know them this summer and I have been very impressed. I have two children that will eventually go to Broughton so I am a Broughton person. This is just a very great opportunity for me.”

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