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Leesville Road parts ways with football coach Hobgood after one season

Leesville Road has parted ways with head football coach Mike Hobgood after just one season.

Hobgood confirmed the news, saying he was surprised when he was notified of the move Friday morning.

“They said it wasn’t a good fit,” he said.

Hobgood was brought on to lead the Pride football program in May after former coach Chad Smothers stepped down to serve as athletic director at Knightdale High.

The Pride finished the 2014 season 5-7 overall with a 3-4 record in Cap Eight play, falling to eventual N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA runner-up Wake Forest in the first round of the playoffs.

“I think for the first year it went really well,” Hobgood said. “We did make the playoffs, which is the goal. We weren’t as talented as maybe we were in past years.”

Hobgood took over the program which had posted 12-1, 12-1 and 8-4 records the three previous seasons and won 10 or more games in five of the past eight years.

Leesville Road athletic director Jack Rogers couldn’t be reached to comment.

Before arriving at Leesville, Hobgood coached at South Granville for nine years, helping to build the program into an annual playoff team.

Hobgood’s first two teams at the Creedmoor school finished 3-8, but his following teams went 9-4, 8-4, 9-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-4 and 9-3.

“I’d like to coach somewhere whether it’s as an assistant or head coach,” Hobgood said of his future plans. “I’ll just take my time and see what’s out there.”