Topsail names new Athletic Director heading into school year

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For the second time this summer Topsail High School has a new Athletics Director as Chris Haney will take over the department moving into the 2015-16 academic year.

Following final approval by the Pender County Board of Education, Haney replaced Michael Tod Morgan, who was named new athletic director and assistant principal at Topsail in mid-July. He stepped down from the position after being named boys basketball coach at Jones Sr. High School in Jones County.

Chris Haney will talk over the Athletics Department at Topsail High School heading into the new school year.
Chris Haney will talk over the Athletics Department at Topsail High School heading into the new school year.

Haney served as former head football coach at East Columbus High School and returns to the Mideastern Conference where he was once an assistant at Ashley and New Hanover.

“I’ve been coaching since I was in college and after four years in the United State Coast Guard I decided to get back into it,” said Haney. “I’m very excited about taking on my new role as assistant principal/athletic director. This was an opportunity that came out of nowhere. It seemed too good to pass up as I’ve heard very positive things about the administration at Topsail and look forward to working with Prinicpal Hodges, teachers, coaches, but most importantly meeting new students. That’s why we do this, for them.”

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.

Haney will also take over as assistant principal in Hampstead and becomes the newest face in a busy summer for the Pirates. New coaches were also appointed for boys and girls basketball and wrestling.

Morgan Fore will take over the wrestling program, while Jamie Rochelle was recently approved by the board and named head boys basketball coach. Topsail also promoted Andrew Ellington in early June to replace Jim Clanahan as the Lady Pirates new basketball coach.