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BREAKING: Schools confirm Maiden coach's resignation

May 7, 2012

Maiden High School is searching for a football coach — again.

"Buddy King has asked to be released from his contract," Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger confirmed Monday morning. "He started indicating to (Maiden Principal Dwayne Finger) several weeks ago that he had several issues."

The CCS Board of Education will consider acceptance of King's resignation at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

Barger said King's issues with his contract stemmed mostly from his level of compensation on the N.C. Public Schools pay scale.

King coached college football at six schools between 1975 and 1994.

"In this case, South Carolina accepted his college coaching as experience for his salary," Barger said. "North Carolina did not."

King, who served the past two seasons as offensive line coach at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School, qualified for 14 years of experience in the state. He only qualified for one year of experience for the public school pay scale in North Carolina, Barger said.

Maiden High School hired King in February to replace Brian Brown as football coach.

Barger said CCS worked with King and the state in recent weeks to provide documentation of his experience for pay-scale purposes.

"We asked (the state) to recheck it," Barger said. "A couple weeks ago, we found out it wouldn't count."

Now, Maiden has resumed its search for a football coach. Barger said the school is considering coaches in the same candidate pool from which King was hired.

Last month, CCS widened its overall coaching candidate pool by changing a system policy to allow retired school personnel to be hired as coaches. That change reversed a policy adopted several years ago that kept the system from hiring school retirees as coaches.

"We're running into a shortage of coaches in Catawba County," Barger said.

Maiden High School alone is in the process of replacing several coaches.

In addition to King, the school has vacancies for boys varsity head basketball coach and athletic director.

Doug Miller resigned following the recent basketball season after four years of leading the Blue Devils.

Barger said Maiden athletic director Jeff Price will retire at the end of the school year with 37 years of school experience.

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