No. 10 High School Sports Story of 2017-2018 | Several coaching changes for area schools
By David Gough
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Several local high school sports teams are headed in new directions with different coaches at the helm for next school year. There will be new football coaches for three different schools and new baseball and basketbal coaches in the area.
Currituck, Perquimans, Camden and Pasquotank were all affected by moves. No school was more impacted than the Pasquotank Panthers.
The Panthers’ football, baseball and boys’ basketball teams all will have new instructors.
In late June, Chris McGee resigned from the football program and is expected to be assistant coach at Overhills High School in Fayetteville. After two seasons, he led the Panthers to eight wins in 21 games. The Panthers only managed three wins in 2017.
A new coach has not yet been named.
For baseball, Brandon Wilkins will be replacing Brandon Matthews as the new manager after serving as an assistant this spring. Matthews was named the new manager prior to the 2018 season and after a 2-21 campaign, he is moving on to be an assistant at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Virginia.
The boys’ basketball program will have a familiar face as the new coach this winter. Jaron Moore, a 2010 graduate of Pasquotank and former Elizabeth City State player, takes over the program from athletic director Michael Barlow.
Barlow, who will remain as the athletic director, coached the Panthers for four years and they made the state playoffs once in 2016. This year, however, Pasquotank won only twice.
More football changes
Along with Pasquotank, Currituck and Perquimans football will also have new head coaches this fall.
John Wheeler announced in April that he would no longer coach Currituck after nine seasons. He led the Knights to the state playoffs in his first five years, but they didn’t return in the next four years.
While Wheeler is now an assistant coach at Chowan University, Paul Bossi steps in this season as the interim coach.
Bossi has focused on wrestling for the last decade leading the Knights to more than 200 wins and multiple Northeastern Coastal Conference championships, but he does have experience as a head football coach. Before Currrituck, he was the head coach at Pasquotank.
For Perquimans, Ian Rapanick stepped down in May after one year as the Pirates’ head coach. The Pirates finished 2-9 in 2017 and have not named a replacement as of now.
Prior to the 2018 season, Hunter Lowe replaced Doug Leary after five years as Camden’s manager. In five seasons, Leary led the Bruins to three state playoff wins in four state appearances.
Lowe came over from Pasquotank after four seasons as the Panthers manager. Camden went 6-17 in Lowe’s first year as manager.