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Jordan hires Anthony Barbour as football coach

Southern Durham High School coach Anthony Barbour has helped give the team an offensive spark since arriving three years ago. In the late 1980s, Barbour was a standout running back for Garner High School.
Southern Durham High School coach Anthony Barbour has helped give the team an offensive spark since arriving three years ago. In the late 1980s, Barbour was a standout running back for Garner High School. The News & Observer 2001 File Photo

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.

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.

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps

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