PC football coach Wayne Bragg -- staff photo by Chris Adamcyzk
Wayne Bragg, the original head football coach at Panther Creek High, was named athletics director at Green Hope High on Wednesday. The position is effective on Dec. 12.
Bragg had a 32-39 career head football coaching record at Panther Creek, which fielded its first varsity football team in 2007.
The Catamounts won only three games during their first two seasons, but were 13-2 in 2010 and an 8-4 in 2011.
Bragg is a 1989 graduate of Broughton. He played one season at Methodist before transferring and graduating from N.C. State.
“We are very happy to have him here,” said Dr. Jim Hedrick, the Green Hope principal. “He is a person that I have known for several years. I have a great deal of respect for the work that he has done."
Panther Creek athletics director Todd Schuler said he and Bragg grew close as two of the school's original coaches when PCHS opened in 2006.
"I have the utmost respect for Wayne as a person, a teacher, a coach," Schuler said. "He's well-regarded in our community, our players and our staff. He's put a great blueprint in place for how a high school football program should be run."
Bragg won't have to travel far to his new school, as Panther Creek and Green Hope are two Tri-Nine Conference rivals separated by less than five miles.
Green Hope's interim athletics director had been Chris Clayton, an assistant principal. The school's previous AD, Mickey Bissette, left this summer to become the boys basketball coach at Wake Forest-Rolesville. Green Hope won last year's Wachovia Cup, which recognizes the top overall athletics program, in the 4A school division.
J. Mike Blake contributed to this report