Smithfield-Selma has tabbed Michael Parrish as its next head football coach. Parrish has led the Spartans’ junior varsity team and was the defensive coordinator as well.
Athletic director Marvin Burke said the school had more than 60 applicants.
Burke said in a statement: “We are very excited about hiring coach Parrish as our new head football coach. He exemplifies the core values that our student athletes need as we look to the future of our football program.”
Parrish played at North Johnston High and played running back at Catawba College before finishing his career as a linebacker at N.C. Wesleyan.
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Parrish replaces Wes Hill, who resigned in February and was 0-22 in two seasons.
Parrish is the Spartans’ fourth coach in seven years and SSS has won just five games in that time. The last SSS winning season came in 2008, which is also the last time the school made the playoffs.
Smithfield-Selma will play in the new-look Greater Neuse River 3A Conference next year along with East Wake and county rivals Cleveland, West Johnston, Clayton and South Johnston.