Archive - Nov 17, 2011 - Sports Article
Trying to get back to a winning track in boys basketball, Fred T. Foard is hoping new coach Rob Bliss will be the â€śstraw that stirs the drink.â€ť
Bliss, a former coach at Brevard, East Burke and West Henderson High Schools, comes to Foard with a 235-143 career coaching mark.
He guides a Foard hoops team that went 3-20 last year under former coach Mike Hainirhar, which includes an 0-12 Northwestern Conference record.
During the past two seasons, Foard is winless in 24 NWC games played.
Bliss said that becoming successful is about focusing on the future.
Stepping into the role of coach at a successful girls program at Fred T. Foard, Brad Mangum attempts to follow in the footsteps of his mentor.
Mangum takes over for Wendy Price, who coached 11 seasons, won 182 games and made the playoffs nine times.
The former South Caldwell assistant under Lady Spartans coach Jeff Parham for seven seasons realizes the programâ€™s prestige at Foard, but wants to build it further.
When basketball season tips off next week, Newton-Conover High School enters brand new territory with two new head coaches.
Jonathan Tharpe, who coached the Lady Red Devils for three seasons, takes over the boys program from former coach Mark Carter.
â€śI think the biggest thing is we are continuing to build the program,â€ť Tharpe said. â€śThe same type of philosophies and things we did with the girls team I am trying to instill with the guys.â€ť
The Red Devils were 13-11 overall and 9-5 in conference play last year, making it to the first round of the playoffs.