Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cox Mill High hires its first two coaches

Cox Mill, a high school scheduled to open in Cabarrus County in July, hired its football and boys’ basketball coaches.

Greg Neuendorf, 27, is the new football coach. He spent the past three years at Churchill High in Potomac, Md, and was 10-10 in two seasons as head coach.

“The biggest challenge will be starting from scratch,” Neuendorf said. “When you take a job, normally you know that program’s strengths and weaknesses. But the people in the community are excited about football. They’re used to success, and us being split out of Northwest Cabarrus (High), we’ll want to keep that going.”

Cox Mill will be part of the new 3A conference of all Cabarrus schools next school year, including Central Cabarrus, Hickory Ridge, Concord Robinson, Mount Pleasant, Northwest Cabarrus, Concord and Kannapolis Brown.

Brad Hinson was hired as boys’ basketball coach. He is an assistant at Concord Robinson, and the junior varsity boys’ coach.

“I know at first it’s going to be difficult,” said Hinson, 27. “We won’t have a senior class. And we’ll have kids coming from different schools, so they’ll all be learning a new system.”

Neuendorf said he’s working on finding a nearby school to set up a weighlifting site for players. Hinson said summer will be important for his players and himself to learn about each other and bond.

Cox Mill will have an informational meeting for interested athletes and parents, in all sports, at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. Neuendorf and Hinson will be in attendance. The meeting will be at Cox Road Elementary's cafeteria, 1450 Cox Mill Rd., in Concord.

-- Cliff Mehrtens