High School Sports

White Knoll taps N.C. for new coach

White Knoll crossed the border to hire its second football coach in school history.

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the hire of Gordon William Walters for the 2009-2010 school year effective July 1. Walters comes to White Knoll from South Brunswick High in Southport, N.C.

Last season, he led the Cougars to their best record in school history. They were 10-3 and lost in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs.

“I like the people there and love Lexington and the feel of the area,” said Walters, who played at North Carolina and has been coaching for 20 years. “The principal (Jo Mayer) and the AD (Bryan Butz) are wonderful. It feels like a good fit. I just really liked it.”

His resume of having turned struggling programs into winners is what attracted Mayer.

“We realized how interested he was in us,” she said. “But then we looked into his performance and how he’s done a good job of turning programs around, not just on the field. He emphasizes building relationships with his students.”

For the past 12 years, Walters has coached on all levels in North Carolina.. Among his honors: State Port Pilot County Coach of the Year, Brunswick Beacon County Coach of the Year and the Durham Herald Sun Area Coach of the Year.

Walters led Laney High, Southern Durham High and South Brunswick to their best seasons to the point of his arrival.

Walters said he expects to meet his new team soon and will be at White Knoll in time for spring practice.

Walters replaces Mark Cagle, who resigned at the end of last season. Cagle left with a career record of 28-71.

A.C. Flora and Eau Claire are the only Midlands schools looking for a head football coach.