East Mecklenburg High School football coach Chris Williams has resigned, Eagles athletics director Ec Little told the Observer.
Little said he hoped to name a replacement “as soon as possible.”
Williams coached two seasons at East and was 3-19. The Eagles will now have their fourth head coach since 2009, when Greg Hill led East Meck to an 8-6 record. Hill had back-to-back winning seasons in 2008 and ‘09. In the four subsequent years, the Eagles have gone 5-39.
Williams’ resignation creates the sixth head football coaching opening in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Garinger, Myers Park, Olympic, Vance and West Charlotte all have head coaching openings.
In the Observer area, former Maiden head coach Tom Brown is expected to come out of retirement and be named head coach at East Burke, where he will replace former Myers Park coach Jim Ruark. Sun Valley coach Paul Hall was replaced by Tad Baucom.
• Other area schools with vacancies include East Rowan, Hunter Huss, Central Academy, Newton-Conover, Marvin Ridge and West Caldwell.
Lake Norman Charter names new football coach
Mark Steele was named head football coach Monday at Huntersville’s Lake Norman Charter.
Steele came to the school two years ago as a high school teacher and head middle school coach. Last year, he was head junior varsity coach. Before coming to Lake Norman Charter, Steele spent nine years coaching in middle and high school in his native upstate New York.
Steele replaces Bob McKay, who was the 5-year-old school’s only head coach. McKay’s record was 22-25. Lake Norman Charter’s record was 5-7 last season.
• Charlotte Latin will host a college wrestling match between Duke and Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. Gate receipts will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $5 and are available at charlottelatin.org/wrestlingtournamenttickets.
• Hough won the Husky Duals Saturday, defeating Northwest Guilford 39-34 in the championship round. Hough 152-pounder Jake Efird was named tournament MVP.
Lincoln Charter won the Southern Piedmont conference swim championship Saturday. Christina Lappin was the girls’ MVP; Mitchell Harwood was the boys’ MVP.
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