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As the attention begins to turn to the 2015-16 academic year, Topsail High School has been busy over the last few weeks getting its athletics department in shape by welcoming a new athletic director and two new coaches to Hampstead.

Following final approval by the Pender County Board of Education, Michael Tod Morgan was named new athletic director and assistant principal at Topsail, while Morgan Fore will take over the wrestling program. Jamie Rochelle was recently approved by the board and has been named head boys basketball coach.

Topsail will have a new face running its Athletics Department moving forward. File photo
Topsail will have a new face running its athletic department moving forward. File photo.

Morgan most recently served as an assistant principal at Pamlico County Middle School and guided the C.B. Aycock boys basketball team for one season. He was the athletic director at Chapel Hill High School for four years, with additional experience as a physical education and strength coach.

Hill Pearsall, the Pirates’ volleyball coach, had been serving as the school’s interim athletic director after Deanna Morris resigned from the position in December 2014.

Fore was previously an assistant at Laney High School and coached at Lake Norman High School. He carries a 127-16 overall record, with three conference titles, two regional titles and helped lead Lake Norman to a 4A state runner-up performance in 2010. He’s guided three individual state champions during his 10-year coaching career.

“Topsail has a very good wrestling tradition,” said Fore. “They won a state title under Jake Pence in 2009 and have had several state champions in the past. I’m very motivated to get back to competing at that level.

Joe Sculthorpe stands atop the podium as the 3A State Champion. Photo Courtesy-Topsail athletics
Joe Sculthorpe stands atop the podium as the 3A State Champion. Photo courtesy Topsail athletics.
“I took a two-year break from being a head coach to spend some more time with my son and wife, and we had an opportunity to move home to Wilmington. Now that my son is going to start kindergarten next year I really wanted to get back to coaching. I have a passion for the sport of wrestling and all the life lessons that can be taken away from the sport. I plan to grow the program the right way and build something that the kids, the school, and the community can be proud of.”

From 2010-2012, Fore served as Head Coach of North Carolina Junior National Team and vice president of North Carolina USA Wrestling.

Rochelle is a Topsail alum and played this Pirates from 1997 to 1999 under Marcus Skipper. He received a bachelors of arts in physical education from UNCW in 2003 and masters of education in health education and promotion from East Carolina in 2006.

He most recently served as an assistant at Topsail  and also worked as the head golf coach for the Pirates.

Topsail also promoted Andrew Ellington in early June to replace Jim Clanahan as the Lady Pirates new basketball coach.