St. Stephens’ Wayne Hicks, former Hibriten football
head coach Chuck Cannon on West coaching staff
Editor’s note: The career coaching record of Brad Mangum has been corrected since this article was first posted.
GREENSBORO – Four coaches from the Greater Hickory area were announced Saturday as selections to coach in next July’s East-West All-Star Games, and two of them will be head coaches for the West.
A press release from the North Carolina Coaches Association (NCHSAA) said Shea Bridges of Hibriten will be the West head coach in girls’ soccer, and Brad
Mangum of West Caldwell will guide the West girls’ basketball team.
Wayne Hicks of St. Stephens and Chuck Cannon of Wilkes Central (former head coach at Hibriten) will be on the West football coaching staff led by Doug Robertson of Thomasville.
Bridges’ last seven Hibriten girls’ soccer teams have gone 84-47-20, including 10-8-1 last season when the Panthers were 7-5 in the Northwestern Foothills 2A to finish in fourth place.
Mangum has been at West Caldwell for two seasons and was previously head coach of the Fred T. Foard girls for two years and at Alexander Central for three years. He came to West Caldwell after serving as an assistant coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University’s women’s basketball team.
West Caldwell is 12-37 under Mangum, which includes 3-11 and a sixth-place finish last season in the Northwestern 3A-4A (the Warriors move into the Northwestern Foothills 2A this school year).
Mangum’s career record of 117-92 includes five postseason teams in seven seasons. His two teams at Foard, starting in 2011-12, went 32-21 while his three teams at Alexander Central went 70-17. His first Alexander Central team (28-2) reached the West 4A Regionals.
Hicks, a former LRU head football coach, is about to begin his eighth season as head football coach at St. Stephens. The Indians went 4-7 overall and 3-4 last season in the Northwestern 3A-4A, tying for fourth-place, and Hicks’ record at St. Stephens is 23-45 with one winning season (2015, that team also made the state playoffs).
Cannon is athletic director and an assistant football coach at Wilkes Central. The starting quarterback on the 1979 Hibriten team that played for the West 3A title, he spent 18 years at his alma mater. He was head coach for 11 years, starting in 1999, and guided eight teams to the state playoffs. His career record is 84-54.
2020 EAST-WEST ALL-STAR COACHES
(as selected by the North Carolina Coaches Association)
Head coach: Doug Robertson, Thomasville
Assistant coaches: Clint Bland, E. Rutherford; CHUCK CANNON, Wilkes Central; David Devine, Burns; Nick Eddins, Crest; WAYNE HICKS, St. Stephens
Head coach: Paul Cornwel, Ayden-Grifton
Assistants: Russell Dove, South Columbus; Ryan Gieselman, Kinston; Jake Thomas, Cape Fear; Greg Williams, Richmond County; Steven Wright, Cardinal Gibbons
Head coach: BRAD MANGUM, W. Caldwell
Assistant: Amy Sarratt, Southern Alamance
Head coach: Doug Mooring, South Lenoir
Assistant: Andrew Gurley, Croatan
Head coach: Sonny Schofield, Statesville
Assistant: Bill Chambers, Northern Guilford
Head coach: Eric Davis, Wilmington Laney
Assistant: Bobby Williams, Riverside Martin
NORTH CAROLINA-SOUTH CAROLINA GAME
Head coach: Barbara Nelson, Myers Park
Assistant: Jamie Willoughby, Tarboro
Head coach: Brad LeVine, E. Rutherford
Assistant: Chris Cherry, South Central
West head coach: SHEA BRIDGES, Hibriten
East head coach: Isaac Rancour, Pine Forest
West head coach: Charles J. Niessner, Central Academy of Technology Arts
East head coach: Tim Healy, Cardinal Gibbons