Deveron Harper is the new football coach at Waddell, athletics director Phil Williams said.
Harper, 32, who is from Orangeburg, S.C., played four seasons for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Harper played in college for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame.
Williams said Harper will teach communications, technology and electronics at Waddell. He replaces Quintin Hines, who coached Waddell for two years, and is now at Northside Christian.
"It's the best public relations coup we could have since (S.C. prep coaching legend) Bennie McMurray was hired to be the first coach at Waddell," Williams said. "A coach like McMurray had instant credibility and a guy like Harper has instant credibility. That's a big windfall for Waddell. He's just a great guy. He played in the league which has a lot of appeal to kids."
Harper began his NFL career as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Panthers in 2000. He played two seasons and sat out of football in 2002. He joined the Saints in 2003. He was a three-year starter at Notre Dame. He played high school ball at Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
Waddell's hire leaves only East Mecklenburg as the only CMS school without a head football coach. Summer workouts begin next week.