High School Sports

West Charlotte names Daren Hart football coach

New W. Charlotte football coach Daren Hart
New W. Charlotte football coach Daren Hart

Daren Hart started his coaching career at West Charlotte High in 1998. Friday, Lions principal John Wall and athletics director Chris Satterfield announced Hart’s return.

Hart was named head coach, two days after Andrew Jordan stepped down from the same position. Jordan, a former West Charlotte and NFL player, was hired in January to replace Mo Collins, who died suddenly in October.

Including interim coach Drew Hackett, who finished the 2014 season after Collins’ death, Hart becomes West Charlotte’s fourth head coach since Marcus Surratt resigned in December 2013.

Hart will try to turn around a program that was once among the state’s best.

From 1973 through 2008, West Charlotte had four losing seasons. In those 35 seasons, West Charlotte reached the 4A state championship game seven times. From 2008-14, West Charlotte has had five losing seasons, including going 0-13 in 2013 and 5-7 last season.

Hart began his career in 1998 at West Charlotte as a defensive backs assistant under legendary coach Tom Knotts. Hart also has been an assistant at Southern Durham High, at N.C. Central, N.C. A&T and at Winston-Salem State, where he was an assistant for five seasons before being fired last December.

Hart graduated in 1996 from East Carolina, where he played safety. In 2012, he was inducted into the Forsyth County High School Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a three-sport athlete at Winston-Salem Carver High. In 2013, he was selected to East Carolina’s all-time defensive second team.