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High School Football: A look at Mecklenburg County’s new coaches

There are 10 new high school football coaches in Mecklenburg County this season, believed to be a record. Here’s a look at each:

School New Coach Old Coach Note
CharlotteCatholicMike BrodowiczJim Oddo11-year assistant replaces legendary coach who’d been at Catholic for five decades.
EastMecklenburgBarry ShufordChris WilliamsFormer Butler/Olympic coach takes over team that is 5-39 the past four years.
GaringerPercell GaskinsRyan AlstonFormer Carolina Panther inherits team with no winning seasons since 2010 and one win in 3 years.
HardingWalt AikensWalt Aikens2013 interim coach was given job full-time; also is Rams head basketball coach.
HoughMiles AldridgeBobby CollinsFormer Spring Valley (S.C.) coach was 12-1 last season; has four Division I commits on roster now
Lake Norman CharterMark SteeleBob McKayN.Y. native is only second coach in school history.
Myers ParkScott ChadwickScott SteinFormer Marvin Ridge coach was 41-20 there with four straight winning seasons.
OlympicKeith WilkesBarry ShufordLed Winston-Salem Carver to two state titles in ‘98 and ‘03; former Vance head coach.
SouthLake ChristianBobby McLaughlinBob O’Donnell10-year Lincolnton assistant coached QBs and DBs; SouthLake is reigning NCISAA DIII state champ.
VanceAaron BrandKeith WilkesFormer West Charlotte head coach was assistant on state championship teams at Independence and Mallard Creek.

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