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After learning Wednesday that longtime Newton-Conover head football coach Nick Bazzle is leaving for Alexander County, education leaders reflected on the Red Devils leader as a great coach and a great friend.
â€śIt's been a great experience to see how Nick has taken this program and the accomplishments he's been able to have and had a great career here,â€ť said Newton-Conover High School Principal Kevin Campbell. â€śHe's someone I call a friend, not just a co-worker, and he's someone I'm going to miss.
"Our community will miss him.â€ť
Despite sad faces and a bittersweet mood, Newton-Conover officials arenâ€™t wasting any time in recruitment of a new head football coach.
Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond set a special meeting for 8 a.m. Thursday for school officials to create an interview team and timeline for hiring Bazzle's successor.
To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.