Enloe’s loss is Green Hope’s gain as 44-year coaching veteran David Green was introduced Wednesday as the Falcons’ fourth head football coach in school history. He leaves Enloe after two seasons with the Eagles.
“Why not come here?” Green said. “Everything about the place speaks success. The academics are unrivaled anywhere around, and then the success of the athletic program. You’ve got schools where they’re good in academics and they’re good in this sport or that sport, but when every sport is making the playoffs, that just speaks volumes.”
Green replaces Kwame Dixon, who resigned after six seasons in November after turning around the Falcons. The Falcons have been to the playoffs in each of the past four years and won the conference title in 2014.
“The program’s in good shape. Kwame’s done a great job,” Green said. “We’re at the point where we’ve got some players here who are very talented. We’ve got guys who work hard. We’re going to get them in the weight room and push them hard there, and we think we’ve got a chance to compete for conference championships year in and year out.”
Green has been a head coach for 12 years and has an 82-66 record. After being a longtime assistant to Bob Wolfe at Apex, he built Leesville Road into a local power, going 52-24 in six seasons, including a run to the 4AA East final in 2007 in which the Pride went 13-2.
After Leesville, he spent four years at Williams High in Burlington, going 27-23.
Enloe will now be looking for its fourth coach in seven years. The Eagles went 3-8 last season and showed marked improvement from an 0-11 first season, more than doubling their points per game.
“We made a lot of progress. The biggest regret I have, and the hardest thing about taking this job, was I felt like we hadn’t finished the job at Enloe,” Green said. “We were certainly better on the football field, but we were so much better in places other than the football field: the classroom, the discipline, the behavior in the halls. All those things we made great progress in. ... and hopefully they can continue in that way.”
Green will be one of two new head coaches in next year’s Triangle-6 4A, joining Riverside’s Cory Lea. Athens Drive’s Jeremy Fullbright and Jordan’s Anthony Barbour are entering their second year, while Cary’s Mike Kirst is entering his third. That leaves Panther Creek’s Sean Crocker, entering his sixth season, with more years at his current school (five) than the rest of the league combined (four).