High Schools

Southeast Raleigh’s Finn will be new coach at South Brunswick

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 27, 2014 

Daniel Finn, the former head football coach and current athletic director at Southeast Raleigh, was looking for a change of scenery, and he’s going to get it. Complete with seascape.

Finn, 39, is expected to be begin his new job in February as head football coach at South Brunswick High in Southport.

Finn had a 56-21 football record in six years at Southeast before stepping down in 2011 as football coach to concentrate on his athletic director duties.

“Trying to mix football, athletic director and family just wasn’t working,” Finn said. “So I gave up football. But I’ve been around football all of my life. I still wanted to coach. The longer I was out, the more I wanted to get back to the game.”

Finn said he decided in December to pursue another head football coaching job, and the South Brunswick position seems ideal for him, his wife, his 12-year-old daughter and his nine-year-old son.

“My family is really excited about the move,” he said. His last day at Southeast is expected to Feb. 14, and his first day at South Brunswick is Feb. 17.

South Brunswick was 2-20 the past two years, but had posted 8-4, 11-3, 5-6, and 10-3 records in the preceding years.

“That is a lot of potential there,” he said. “It is a matter of reaching that potential and being consistent.”

Scott picks Tennessee: Havelock runner Derrell Scott announced Monday that he will accept a scholarship to Tennessee. The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder rushed for 2,143 yards and scored 24 touchdowns during his senior season.

He had 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams defeated Concord 21-13 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship. The title was the third straight for the Rams.

Scott had narrowed his list to the Volunteers, Florida and South Carolina, according to Michael Clark of scout.com.

Hawk softball: Britney Smith has been named as the head softball coach at Holly Springs High. She formerly coached at Smithfield-Selma.

She will be Holly Springs’ fourth softball coach in five seasons. Holly Springs has made the playoffs in all five seasons and won two 4A East titles.

Oak Hill is coming: Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, a perennial boys high school basketball power, will play at Raleigh Word of God at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Oak Hill, 25-2, is led by 6-foot-6 N.C. State recruits Cody and Caleb Martin, who played at Davie County High last year.

Advance tickets, $10, are on sale at the school.

J. Mike Blake and Caryn Grant contributed to this story.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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