Former head coach at Fred T. Foard,
Alexander Central taking a new job
By CHRIS HOBBS
LINCOLNTON – Brad Mangum’s fourth stop as a girls’ varsity basketball head coach will be at North Lincoln High.
On Wednesday, Mangum — head coach the last three seasons at West Caldwell — posted on Twitter he’s leaving the Warriors to become head coach of the Knights (https://twitter.com/CoachBradMangum/status/1270867776115277825/photo/1).
He will replace David Johnson at North Lincoln, who guided the Knights (13-10, 6-8) to a fifth-place finish last season in the South Fork 2A.
A year after Mark Lackey coached the Knights to a 13-10 record, they started last season 6-0 and were 9-1 through Jan. 3. They were 4-9 the rest of the way, losing five of their last six.
Due to injuries, West Caldwell (3-17, 2-12 Northwestern Foothills 2A) did not play a game last season until Dec. 27 and started 0-10 before winning at Fred T. Foard. The other wins were at Highland Tech and at home against West Iredell.
Mangum was selected as the head coach for the West girls for July’s East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro, but the games and coaching clinic were cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Mangum came to West Caldwell, replacing Joshua Reeves, after being an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He directed the Bears’ program for about five weeks after Kate Pate left as head coach and before Cameron Sealey was hired in April of 2017 (she is no longer head coach at LRU).
His previous high school girls’ coaching spots were two seasons at Fred T. Foard and three seasons at Alexander Central.
Mangum coached a co-championship team as Foard in 2012-2013 and title teams at Alexander Central in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
At West Caldwell, his first two teams finished in eighth place (5-20) and sixth place (7-17) in the Northwestern 3A-4A.
His overall head-coaching record is 117-92 in eight years.
Mangum also was an assistant coach at South Caldwell for eight years (two boys, six girls) before going to Foard.
The next hire at West Caldwell will be the 15th as girls’ varsity head basketball coach since the school opened in 1977-78.