Rolesville preparing for first year

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 22, 2013 

Rolesville High principal Ericka Lucas knew she had found her athletic director when she interviewed Enloe High A.D. Tommy Moore.

“He just talked the whole time about doing what was best for the students,” Lucas said. “I think that is what attracted me. When he left, I felt I had found my A.D. He said over and over that he wants to do what is in the best interest of the students. That excited me.”

Moore grew up on Poole Road in Raleigh and played basketball at Enloe before becoming the school’s basketball coach and later its athletic director.

“It is tough leaving,” he said. “Honestly, my car may drive itself to Enloe in the morning. I’ve been going there for a long time. I love this school. But I’m ready for a new challenge. Opening a school and building from the ground up should be a challenge.”

Moore’s role at Enloe will not change until the end of this school year, but he also is working on his duties for Rolesville High. The school will open in the fall with sophomores and freshmen, but no juniors or seniors.

The Rams will field varsity teams in all sports except football. They will play a junior varsity football schedule.

Moore said bids have been asked for uniforms and equipment for the fall season. Equipping and supplying all the teams is huge, he said. He has gotten help from athletic directors at other schools that have opened in the past few years.

Everything has to be ordered, from kicking tees to tape to helmets to paint to cameras.

“I’m not trying to do something that has never been done before, but I’m doing it for the first time,” he said. “I’m excited, but also a little worried. I don’t want to cause a problem for someone else because I forgot something.”

Lucas is in the process of interviewing and hiring a staff, a daunting task compounded by filling an extensive list of extra duty positions including leaders for things like band, chorus, drama and athletics.

Former Millbrook High assistant Jermain Evans will be the school’s first football coach. Evans played at Ravenscroft and at Elon. He has been an assistant at Millbrook for 10 seasons.

“We are up and rolling,” Lucas said. “We’re off to a good start.”

Lucas said there is a sense of excitement in the community.

“I believe the school is going to be the center of the community,” she said. “There is a lot more excitement since students have been assigned and our parents have come to meetings and are able to put people with names.”

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