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Notebook: Don Colgan takes over as South Granville football coach

tstevens@newsobserver.comJuly 7, 2014 

Fuquay-Varina’s DJ Burt fields a ball during the NCHSAA 4A baseball championship game between Fuquay-Varina and South Mecklenburg at Five County Stadium in Zebulon on Saturday, June 1, 2013. South Mecklenburg won 2-1.

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Don Colgan, the South Granville High athletics director, has added football head coaching duties following the resignation of Mike Hobgood, who is the new coach at Leesville Road.

Colgan has been the AD at South Granville for 2 1/2 years. He had been the football coach at Granville Central the previous three seasons.

He is a Armagh (Pa.) United High and Indiana (Pa.) graduate. Before going to Granville Central, he was defensive coordinator at Chapel Hill High.

“We graduated a great senior class this spring,” Colgan said. “All seven of the starting offensive linemen graduated, but we have some new guys who are working extremely hard.”

South Granville finished 9-3 and 9-4 the past two seasons.

White Oak AD: Former Millbrook High boys’ tennis coach Chris Grimes left his alma mater in 2010 to become the boys’ basketball coach at Jacksonville White Oak and was named the school’s athletics director last week.

“I think I have a good background to be AD,” Grimes said. “I’ve coached volleyball, basketball and tennis and I teach physical education so I’m around sports all of the time. That diversity gives me good knowledge of athletics. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Grimes said White Oak has a special challenge because much of its faculty comes from military families.

“We have a lot of turnover and that is true of our coaches, too,” he said. “One of the opportunities is to get more stability in the program.”

Grimes said he hoped to continue to improve facilities and eventually he’d like for the school to start a hall of fame.

“We’re 40 years old,” he said. “We have a rich history.”

Grimes, a 1998 Millbrook graduate, coached the Millbrook boys to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A dual-team championship in 2009.

Memoirs: David Riggs, who coached football at a handful of area high schools, has been writing a memoir for his grandchildren. He also is working on stories from his 1970 state 4A championship team at Broughton.

Riggs was 24 years old when he coached the Caps to the state title.

He later coached at Athens Drive (three seasons), Cary (five), Sanderson (10), Fuquay-Varina (five) and Holly Springs (two). He also coached five years at McDowell County, which was close to his wife’s parents.

“I moved around a lot, but looking back, there was always a good reason to make a change. There was never anything negative,” he said. “There was always something positive just ahead.”

Riggs left Broughton to go to seminary. He was involved in ministry between some coaching jobs.

He said he never grew tired of coaching. “I just got too old to do it the way I liked to do it,” he said.

All-state baseball: The N.C. Baseball Coaches Association announced its all-state team Monday. Among the area players were:

  4A: Connor Baldy (Sanderson); Kory Behenna (Durham Riverside); Jordan Bissette (Fuquay-Varina); D.J. Burt (Fuquay-Varina); Brett Clark (Clayton); Brett Daniels (Fuquay-Varina); Daniel Dulaney (Sanderson); Gunner Deal (Millbrook); Brighton Hudson (Garner); Cam Johnson (Wake Forest); Josh Maciejewski (Panther Creek); Troy Maslowski (Green Hope); Brian Miller (Millbrook); Steven Oakley (Durham Jordan); Stephen Pitarra (Green Hope); Alex Royalty (Millbrook); Thomas Yoder (Green Hope).

  3A: Bradley Debo (Orange); Brett Fennell (Triton); Houston Hamilton (Triton); Joe Johnson (South Johnston); Stephen Scott (Cardinal Gibbons); Bryce Wilson (Orange).

  2A: Tyler Adcock (South Granville); Spencer Brickhouse (Bunn); Spencer Brown (Carrboro); Christian Sledge (Bunn); Hunter Thompson (South Granville).

  1A: Parker Brann (Roxboro Community); Hunter Coates (Durham Voyager); Reid Howell (Rosewood); Kiki Kornegay (Durham Voyager); Chad Sykes (Durham Voyager); Justin Lindquist (Granville Central); Jaren Winstead (Roxboro Community).

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