Former Carolina Panthers fullback Brad Hoover is the new football coach at Concord’s Cannon School.
Cannon is in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association. It opened in 1969.
Hoover was previously coach at two Union County public schools – Union Academy Charter and Marvin Ridge. This will be his third job in three seasons. Hoover’s record was 6-6 at Union Academy in 2013. He was 3-9 at Marvin Ridge last year.
Hoover recently resigned at Marvin Ridge, and the school has begun a search for his replacement, athletics director Tom Jamerson said.
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Hoover, who played at Western Carolina in college, was with the Panthers from 2000 to 2009. He rushed for 961 yards in his career and had more than 1,000 yards receiving. Primarily a blocker, Hoover was a fan favorite.
At Cannon, Hoover takes over a team whose record was 5-6 last season and 11-20 since its last winning season of 7-5 in 2011.
“I feel fortunate to be joining the Cannon community, and I am excited about the opportunity of leading the Cannon football program,” Hoover said. “I am anxious to begin building a program that the athletes, Cannon School and the Cannon community will be proud of.”
Cannon athletics director Pat Moyer said Hoover was the right fit for the school.
“Coach Hoover impressed our community with his authentic character, his intensity and his passion for using high school football as a means to develop and nurture character in young men,” Moyer said.
“He has been a winner with integrity and has done things the right way his entire career. He understands that success on the football field has no shortcuts and that we all share the journey together.”