West Brunswick parts with football coach after one year

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Bob Hanna. Photo courtesy ColaDaily.com.
Bob Hanna. Photo courtesy ColaDaily.com.

With new coaches set to take over football programs at Hoggard, New Hanover, Ashley and North Brunswick high schools next season, West Brunswick added its name to the list of schools with vacant coaching positions after parting ways with Bob Hanna.

Hanna, who took over the Trojans football team last season, was notified by school officials this week that they felt the program needed to go in a different direction.

“We wish Coach Hanna all the best and appreciate his service to WBHS,” said Principal Brock Ahrens. “We are looking for the right fit for our program and are excited to begin the search for our next head football coach.”

In a new release sent Friday, Brunswick County Schools officials said West Brunswick High School has started the search for a new head football coach, and that all coaching positions are appointed by school principals as an extra assignment.

In his only season in Shallotte, Hanna guided the Trojans to a 5-7 record. He took over the program after more than four decades of coaching in South Carolina, including 20 years as head coach and athletic director at Irmo High School in Columbia, South Carolina. During his time at Irmo, he led his team to three state championship games.

Read related story: Bob Hanna steps down as head football coach at Irmo High School (ColaDaily.com)

West Brunswick will have its fourth football coach in as many years once Hanna’s replacement is named. Jimmy Fletcher stepped down from the position in 2012 to take over as the school’s athletic director. Scott Frazier parted ways with the program after the 2013 season.

Joe Catenacci is a sports writer at Port City Daily and host of The Sports Connection on 103.7 FM at 11 a.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Mondays. Reach him at joe.c@portcitydaily.com.