Jordan High hopes Anthony Barbour’s history of helping build football programs will continue with the Falcons. The school announced Barbour as its next football coach Friday.
Barbour has been a head coach three other times – at Southern Durham, as the first coach at Middle Creek and at Smithfield-Selma. He has been an assistant at Clayton since 2010.
His career record is 65-61, and at each stop he has left the program better off than when he took over.
His final two years at Southern Durham were 11-3 and 12-2, which at the time was the best two-year run in that school’s history. The Spartans’ program, now in its second state titles within three years, has not looked back.
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His 8-4 mark at Smithfield-Selma in 2008 still stands as the school’s best year since 1997.
He took Middle Creek to the playoffs in each of its first three seasons, going 8-5 in his final campaign. Like Southern Durham, Middle Creek has taken off in the years following.
Barbour was a sensation in high school, leading Garner to the 1987 NCHSAA 4A title and setting a national record for touchdowns in a season. He went on to play at N.C. State, where he is the program’s fifth all-time leading rusher.
He coached in the 2008 N.C. Coaches Association East West All-Star Game and the 2009 North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl.
With the Jordan vacancy filled, Southeast Raleigh and Athens Drive are the Triangle positions still open.