Allison Lee Isley/ Winston Salem Journal
Sun Valley has named Drew Hacket as their new head coach football coach. The Spartans didn't have to go far on their search for Hackett, who was coaching the JV football team at Central Academy just nine miles away.
Hackett now takes over the reins at Sun Valley from Tad Baucom, who stepped down in January after six seasons.
It was just a little over one year ago that Hackett left his head coaching position at Bishop McGuiness High School in Kernersville, North Carolina. The Greensboro's News & Record reported at the time that Hackett's reason for his resignation was to accept a head coaching position "at a larger public school outside of the immediate Triad area."
No disrespect to Central Academy or its football program, but it appears that this Sun Valley job was what Hackett had in mind all along. It just took a year and two weeks to find it.
Sun Valley is a major football program at one of the largest public schools in the county.
After Baucom's announcement in January, many expected the Spartans to look inward to defensive coordinator, Zach Bevilacqua and his three years of head coaching experience. Instead, Sun Valley tapped Hackett and his three years of head coaching experience.
Hackett and Central Academy were looking to play varsity football in 2020 after a two-year hiatus. It is not clear how Hackett's departure from CATA will impact a varsity rollout. Hacket was the Cougars' fourth head coach since 2013. Coincidentally, it was Tad Baucom who, in 2011, led CATA to their best season ever (5-7), including the first playoff win in school history.
Hackett inherits a Sun Valley program coming off its worst season since 2003. That's the bad news.
The good news, Hackett has a talent-laden roster with D1 OL Michael Gonzalez and a backfield of Carson Black (QB), Deuce Wilson, and Toney McFadden (RBs) and Gavin Blackwell, the rising senior wideout and a recent verbal commit to North Carolina who leads a strong corps of receivers.
Amidst heavy rumors of potential offseason transfers involving many key Spartan players, the job of setting a culture and winning players over will be as crucial as ever. Unfortunately, a lot of the wheels could be in motion and out of Hackett's control.
This county needs a strong football program at Sun Valley. Think about it, SV football plays in two of the historically best football rivalry games in the county (vs. Weddington and vs. Porter Ridge), so I hope Hackett makes things right in the Valley.