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Former Panther Brad Hoover named coach at Marvin Ridge High

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Former Carolina Panthers fullback Brad Hoover is the new head football coach at Marvin Ridge High School. Marvin Ridge is located just across the Mecklenburg County line in western Union County.

Hoover will be the school’s fourth football coach. Marvin Ridge, which opened in 2007, was 2-9 last season under Danny Bailey, who coached the Mavericks for one season.

Hoover coached last season for Union Academy, a small school also in Union County. He led Union Academy to a 6-6 record, which tied for the best in school history.

Hoover, a former N.C. Shrine Bowl star out of Ledford High in Wallburg, played at Western Carolina. He became the school’s No. 2 all-time leading rusher and was later inducted into Western Carolina’s Hall of Fame.

Undrafted, Hoover was picked up as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers in 2000 and became one of the franchise’s more popular players during a 9-year career where he played in 149 regular-season and playoff games.

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