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Notebook: Tenure is short for most Triangle football coaches

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 15, 2014 

Green Hope coach Kwame Dixon at a team practice.

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Having the same head varsity football coach throughout a high school football career is no longer the norm.

Only 12 of the area’s 44 schools in the 3A and 4A classifications have been led by the same coach for more than two seasons.

There will be at least nine new coaches at area 3A and 4A schools.

Durham Riverside (Chris Howell), Enloe (Steve Johnson), Knightdale (Cedric Dargan), Southeast Raleigh (Michael Thibodeau), Holly Springs (Wayne Bragg), Cleveland (Scott Riley), South Johnston (Hunter Jenks), Erwin Triton (Ben Penny) and Southern Durham (Darius Robinson) have named new football coaches for the 2014 season.

Millbrook’s Clarence Inscore, hired as coach in 2001, is the dean of area coaches at the 4A level. Pittsboro Northwood’s Bill Hall (1999) and Chapel Hill’s Issac Marsh (2004) lead the 3As.

The next longest tenures are five years by Durham Hillside’s Antonio King, Wake Forest’s Reggie Lucas, and Orange’s Pat Moser.

The longest tenured football coach in the Greater Neuse 4A is East Wake'’s John Poulnott (2010). The other coaches in the league will be in their first or second season at their schools. Green Hope’s Kwame Dixon (2011) is the leader in the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A.

Pinecrest impressive: Southern Pines Pinecrest, which won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A golf title in 2013, was an impressive winner Monday at the N.C. High School Invitational at Treyburn Country Club in Durham. The 13 teams in the field had finished first or second in their state championships in 2013.

Pinecrest nipped Concord Cannon School, 302-303, for the title. Broughton and Arden Christ School shot 304 for third.

N.C. Independent School Athletic Association schools had a strong showing in the event. In addition to Cannon and Christ School, Forsyth Country Day was fifth and High Point Westchester Country Day and Wilmington Christian tied for sixth.

Christ School junior Jonathan Rector shot a 69 to nip Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin, the 2013 NCHSAA 4A champion, by a stroke for medalist honors. Pinecrest’s Joshua Martin was third with a 71.

Sanderson Hall: The Sanderson High Athletics Hall of Fame has named its 2014 class. The group will be inducted in September at a Hall of Fame luncheon at North Ridge Country Club.

The class includes: former gymnastics coach Jennie Adams (five state titles, 1974-1987); LeBaron Caruthers (football and track standout, 1972); Sparky Cullen (North Carolina soccer player of the year, 1986); Diane Ross Dean (volleyball, basketball and softball, 1982); Coach Bill Harrington (boys’ basketball, 1968-1986); John Haskins (football and basketball, 1976) and Steve Rackley (basketball and baseball, 1973).

In addition, the 1988 and 1989 boys’ soccer teams will be inducted. The 1988 team finished 20-2-3 and won the Spartans’ ninth NCHSAA boys’ soccer title. The 1989 team was 23-1 and won the school’s 10th state soccer crown.

Cedar Ridge coach honored: Jennifer Pepin, the cross country and girls’ track coach at Cedar Ridge, has been named one of eight winners of the Homer Thompson Memorial award by the NCHSAA.

The recipients are honored for making a difference in the lives of their players. Thompson was the football coach at Winston-Salem Parkland.

Among the other winners were: Ayden-Grifton athletic director Chris Ross; Jacksonville White Oak cross country and track coach Chris Mueller; and Hoke football coach Milton Butts.

Moo-mentum: Ronnie Peoples, the former baseball coach at Enloe and Wake Forest High, is making a comeback of sorts. Peoples is returning to the field because he was asked by Tommy Moore, the athletic director at Rolesville High, who taught and coached with Peoples when they were both at Enloe.

Peoples’ new job is cow boy.

Rolesville High opened this year and needs activity buses. Peoples is helping with a Cow Patty Bingo event on Saturday, May 10. The football field will be divided into one-yard square sections. Each section is $5.

A cow is turned loose on the field and whichever square receives the cow’s special attention wins its owner $500. The event begins at 11 a.m., and the cow will be turned onto the field at 2 p.m.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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