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The "biggest little football town in the world" has a new football coach.
Officials at Maiden High School are introducing the new coach during a press conference that started at the school at 3:30 p.m.
Today's press conference comes after Catawba County Schools Board of Education hired Buddy King to serve as Social Studies teacher at Maiden, according to Catawba County Schools superintendent Glenn Barger. King's hiring was approved after the BOE's closed session at the end of its Monday meeting.
"He has a long, long history of collegiate coaching," Barger told The O-N-E on Tuesday morning.
Maiden High School is introducing King as head football coach during Tuesday's press conference. He met with players and coaches this morning.
King succeeds Brian Brown, who resigned after last year. Brown was Maiden's head football coach since 2007. He followed his father, N.C. High School Athletic Association hall-of-famer Tom Brown, who coached the Blue Devils 35 years over two tenures. Tom Brown is Maiden's winningest coach with 330 victories.
The team's new coach has a pretty distinguished history, too.
King comes from Goose Creek High School in Berkeley County, S.C. where he served as offensive line coach for the Gators. He was on staff last year when the school won its first-ever state football title last with a 37-21 victory over Greenwood in the Division II-AAAA title game at Clemson University's Memorial Stadium.
Clemson is a place familiar to King. He was offensive line coach under Danny Ford for the Tigers during their 1981 national championship season. King's coaching tenure also includes stops at Arkansas (1993-1994), Louisiana State University (1991-1992), University of South Carolina (1987-1988), Wake Forest University (1984-1986) and Wofford College (1974). He also spent one season as offensive line coach for the USFL's Arizona Wranglers.
King is a 1974 graduate of Clemson, where he was a three-year starter and a team captain in 1972.
For more details on Maiden's new coach and player reactions, be sure to visit www.observernewsonline.com throughout the evening. Pick up a copy of The O-N-E's Wednesday print edition for complete coverage.