Broughton's new athletic director familiar to school

tstevens@newsobserver.comAugust 24, 2013 

Aaron Minger already knows all the Broughton High coaches and already works with them. He knows the majority of the Caps players.

Minger has been Broughton’s certified athletics trainer for the past 12 years, but at the end of the month he will become the school’s new athletics director. He succeeds Jack Spain, who had served the school, and the state, as the Caps’ AD.

Spain has been very active with the N.C. High School Athletic Association. Many of the NCHSAA state championship events in Raleigh have been staffed by Spain and his Broughton crew. But last year, Minger was the championship director for the women’s soccer and softball championships.

“I had helped Jack before, but I got to have a bigger role last year,” Minger said. “I have worked with the people at the association. I know this is a big job, but I was looking for a new challenge.”

Broughton principal Steve Mares said the Broughton community already knows Minger from his work as an athletic trainer.

“He is well respected by the students, the coaches and all of the faculty,” Mares said. “He has earned their respect. He has done an outstanding job. He knows the entire program and the people. He has worked with all of coaches and many of the athletes.”

Minger said he knows he has things to learn. He has never been involved with the school’s booster group, for example. Right now, he’s still working as an athletic trainer and is beginning some of his AD duties.

He is a graduate of Wheeling (W.Va.) Park High and West Virginia University. He did graduate work at the University of Louisville before going to N.C. State as an assistant trainer. He moved from State to Broughton.

Minger is the latest area certified athletic trainer to make the move to athletic director. Spain had been the Broughton athletic director before succeeding the late Marshall Hamilton as AD and current Cary football coach Kurt Glendenning was the Imps’ athletic trainer for 12 years before moving to the AD job and later to coaching.

Berrios sets visits: Leesville Road versatile football standout Braxton Berrios plans to take all five of his official visits and anticipates committing sometime within the next six weeks. Berrios has plans to visit Oregon and Miami, but has not decided on his other three visits.

Powell to Furman: Former Apex High and South Carolina baseball catcher Landon Powell has joined the Furman baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Powell spent six seasons in professional baseball, including three years with the Oakland Athletics. As a member of the A's, he caught Dallas Braden's perfect game, 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9, 2010.

Powell retired from baseball earlier this year.

Top swimmer: Paul Silver, the long-time coach at Marlins of Raleigh swim club, believes Athens Drive graduate Kirsten Smith would have been a good choice for the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 100 female athletes to remember.

Smith was a four-time most valuable performer in the NCHSAA 4A swimming championships. Her 200 individual medley time set in 2006 is still the NCHSAA record and her time is the fastest time ever posted at N.C. State’s natatorium.

She was eight-for-eight in NCHSAA championship races and lost only one race in her four-year high school career. She was an eight-time high school all-America.

“She was without a question the most successful high school swimmer in NCHSAA history,” Silver said.

Sam Story in Hall: Sam Story, who is entering the NCHSAA Hall of Fame this year, is best known for his state championship teams at Burlington Williams, but he also had outstanding teams at Southern Alamance and also coached at Duke University.

Story, who remembers the leather helmet days, recently recalled his first practice at Duke as a player. The team was addressed by legendary Blue Devil coaches Wallace Wade, Bill Murray and Eddie Cameron, who was involved in Duke athletics from 1926 thrugh 1972.

“To hear those guys. I thought I was in heaven,” Story said.

Hemphill at McNeese: Bruce Hemphill, the former athletics director at Fuquay-Varina High, now is the A.D. at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. Hemphill had been in coaching and athletic administration at N.C. State and the University of North Carolina before going to Fuquay.

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