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  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 7, 2013
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    GT on solid ground as usual.

  • lbeck37439 Feb 6, 2013
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    # of Head Coaches at the school since 2001 to 2012

    GARNER 1-CLAYTON 1-MILLBROOK 2-LEESVILLE 3-APEX 2-ATHENS 4-BROUGHTON 2-CARY 2-EAST WAKE 2-ENLOE 3-FUQUAY 3-GREEN HOPE 3-HOLLY SPRINGS 3-KNIGHTDALE 3-MIDDLE CREEK 4-PANTHER CREEK 2-SANDERSON 3-SSS 4-SER 3-WFR 3-
    WAKEFIELD 5

  • olddb39 Feb 6, 2013
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    You're right. I was not using the 3 for 30 years criteria that was set. Rather, just schools who have had stability at the Head coaching position. For example, Bob Wolfe was at Apex for nearly 20 years before Kilby. That's not 30 years worth, but it is pretty good. Leesville has had 3 coaches since they opened in the early 90's with Smothers looking pretty solid going into his 3rd season in 2013. I thought that Burke was the 3rd SER coach since they opened in the mid 90's, this may not be the case. Anyway, I bypassed the 30 year rule and looked for stability. These are the programs that I know have had pretty good stability thru the last 2 decades.

  • cantbustem Feb 5, 2013
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    Millbrook yes...ser,apex,leesville...NO

  • lbeck37439 Feb 5, 2013
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    wow now we have schools that have not been open for 30 years and have had 3 coaches in 20.

  • olddb39 Feb 5, 2013
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    Millbrook, SE Raleigh, Apex, Leesville

  • cantbustem Feb 3, 2013
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    Clayton and East Wake up until 3 years ago.

  • Patriot50 Feb 3, 2013
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    Well said, 7370. Trojans keep rollin' with Leach at the helm! Becomes only 3rd coach in 30 years at GMHS. How many area schools have that kind of stability?

  • careerman7370 Feb 3, 2013
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    I would ask that you all kindly move this talk to another thread and keep this one on track! Congratulations, Coach Leach! I had the feeling it would be you since Coach Smith announced his retirement. You are the right man for the job! Good Luck, Trojans!

  • oldtimecoach Feb 3, 2013
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    It's amazing how many people post rumors as facts. It was widely known all the way back to middle school that Hines father wanted him to move with him. If you know anything about Berrios relationship with staff at LR you would know that wasn't true. He's been recruited since middle school and never a chance of his going anywhere else. His mom has been very active in the football boosters since the older Berrios arrived at Leesville.

  • Patriot50 Feb 3, 2013
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    39, agree with everything you said, except for Hines' base school. He lives in the heart of Garner, in a neighborhood which has ALWAYS had GMHS as it's base HS (and "choice school" for one year). Anyway, as you mention, it is really not pertinent. It's also important to point out that ALL schools with great programs - be it athletics, arts, academics, technology, or vocational - "recruit" skilled and interested students into their schools for those programs. Again, no home visits, phone calls, or letters, just a tradition of excellence in one area or another that is a draw to kids and families...

  • olddb39 Feb 3, 2013
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    Actually, Hines has a Middle Creek address, but I still believe the schools recruit by doing well year after year.. Good players want to play in good programs. The perennial 1-10 teams of the world will always have trouble keeping good players. As for Hines, a quick talk with people who know him reveals that he may not have wanted to be at LR during his freshman year. Also, Berrios flirted with the notion of heading to Garner after his soph year. Great programs attract great players. No home visits or per diem necessary. Good luck to Coach Leach. Keep the "recruiting" strong in Garner. It helps the whole area in football to have a program like Garner to strive toward.

  • lbeck37439 Feb 2, 2013
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    Nature, why would he leave a team like he played for the year before and they only loss 1 game.

  • Patriot50 Feb 2, 2013
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    Nature, didn't you read lines 6-8 above? He moved to Garner to play for the best program in the area, of course. Or maybe it was the IB Magnet program? :) Same reason Sanderson QB went to LRHS - opportunity to play for a better team. Nobody had to "recruit" anybody, it's just the way it is, and always has been.

  • flairrick Feb 2, 2013
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    Patriot, semantics big guy.

    Wonder why Hines moved to the Garner district?

  • Patriot50 Feb 2, 2013
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    Natureboy, what is it exactly that they need to accept and admit? Exactly ONE varsity player this year was a magnet student (a lineman). Hines' family moved into the Garner district - he wasn't even a so-called "choice" student. And a "transfer" is somebody who still lives at their same address and is allowed to change schools - usually requiring a 365 day period of ineligibility. I think it's funny that you "just can't accept and admit it": Garner is just the best football program in the area, year after year. Great athletes? Yes. Great coaching? Yes. Great community support? Yes. Great tradition? Yes. All of these factors do all the "recruiting" any school ever needs. As the legend himself (and apparently your idol) would say it: Whoooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • flairrick Feb 2, 2013
    Pro

    I just think it is funny that Garner folks just can't accept it and admit it.

    I have no doubt that some of it has to do with the program and kids wanting to transfer there or attend.

    Being a magnet school then helps them with that piece.

    And in HS it only takes one or two high quality additions each year to make a big difference.

    I am sure Berrios at Leesville had something to do with Hines coming over as we'll.

  • cap8fan Feb 1, 2013
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    Patriot50

    Well said. Great programs recruit themselves.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 1, 2013
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    ^I think we all know who the serious recruiters are.

    Go Trojans!

  • gtrojan03 Feb 1, 2013
    Rookie

    You would think that since we are so good at recruiting like some people say then we would have more state championships

  • Patriot50 Feb 1, 2013
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    Actually, Natureboy is correct: Garner does recruit. They do it year after year, win after win, championship, after championship. Success breeds more success, and people naturally gravitate to that. No home visits or phone calls necessary - just more victories, excellence, and tradition. Kids and families want to be a part of that. So yeah, they recruit, without actually recruiting.

  • lbeck37439 Feb 1, 2013
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    Gtrojan03, you still have 90% of the players at Garner come from East and North,I love it when someone claims Garner is recruting.They might need to get their facts first and ask where the kids played middle school ball at.Well you could say they do recuit by winning all the time.

  • gtrojan03 Feb 1, 2013
    Rookie

    So because of players transferring to Garner, that automatically means recruiting? Never mind the fact that Garner is a growing town right outside of Raleigh that draws a lot of families to move there. I can say for myself that when I was at Garner, most of the starters came from NGMS or EGMS, which are the 2 middles schools in Garner, but I guess that means the middle schools recruit too, right?

  • flairrick Jan 31, 2013
    Pro

    How is the new coach in the homes? Recruiting is the key at Garner so he must be top quality.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jan 31, 2013
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    Congrats & good luck to Coach Leach.

    Go Trojans!

  • jakins96 Jan 31, 2013
    Towel Boy

    For anyone who feels that my comment was, in any way, a slam on Garner, I would like you to stare at my post until you have an "Ohh, that's what he meant" moment. Contrary to what might be misconstrued (probably because I didn't use a cute little emoticon at the end of my post), Garner's offense is probably the most complex in the Triangle and, as the results show, it is far from outdated. I have had the "pleasure" of coaching against Garner's defense twice and I can tell you this, Garner's execution of their offense is a thing of beauty. The execution is what makes their offense complex, not their scheme.

  • cantbustem Jan 31, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Yes I agree BUT it is alao true than Garner normaly has much more talent and it is not always homegrown. Just Saying.

  • gtrojan03 Jan 31, 2013
    Rookie

    Its funny how others think our offense is basic and out dated but we put up more points than any other team in the area that have the pass oriented offenses

  • cantbustem Jan 30, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Great Hire!! Good Luck Coach!

  • oldtimecoach Jan 30, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Perhaps because they don't have Garner's talent

  • lbeck37439 Jan 30, 2013
    Sports Legend

    If its that easy to run the I-Formation, then why arent other teams running it?

  • jakins96 Jan 30, 2013
    Towel Boy

    Offensive Coordinator? How hard is it to call Sweep, Trap, Sweep, Extra Point?

  • gtrojan03 Jan 29, 2013
    Rookie

    I think Coach Leach will pretty much leave the same system in place, but maybe a little more aggressive. So happy that he got the job. Now I wonder who the OC will be since Coach Gray will not be on the side lines next year. As a former player in the Garner program I have nothing but the highest respect for each of those men that coached me for four years. Not too many programs have the consistency that we have with our staff and that is one of the reasons for our success. Hopefully we will get over this hump and win a few State Championships. GO TROJANS!

  • kmagnusson Jan 29, 2013
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    Defense wins Championships!

  • Patriot50 Jan 29, 2013
    Veteran

    Trojans won't miss a beat with Coach Leach. No need to derail a freight train that's been moving in the same winning direction for 25+ years. Most importantly, the student-athletes are the winners with this selection, which is the way it should be in high school athletics. Hal Stewart has got to be smiling somewhere tonight, as the train he built keeps moving...

  • waggle right Jan 29, 2013
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    Congradulations to Coach Leach.

  • rlee1117 Jan 29, 2013
    Veteran

    Congrats COACH LEACH !!!!! Garner tradition will live on with great coaching and great kids playing @ Garner ! I am one happy Trojan fan and look forward to many seasons under Coach Leach as HC.

    GO TROJANS !!!!!!

  • randypate1024 Jan 29, 2013
    Towel Boy

    Loyalty is nice but the most important issue here is that this is a quality hire of a capable candidate that exemplifies the image of what the ideal high school football coach should be. His leadership, knowledge, and experience is why this man was hired and why Garner will continue to be contender on a yearly basis. Great school, program, and staff. However, the community as well as the students getting exactly what they need in the next HC. Look forward to the upcoming season.

  • cgreen Jan 29, 2013
    Pro

    Not surprising and no doubt a good choice for Garner. The only way you don't have him as the next coach is if he didn't want to be. There is a lot to be said for rewarding loyalty. No doubt the Garner tradition will continue under Coach Leach.

  • dfmlythr Jan 29, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Congrats Leach!

  • Tyler12 Jan 29, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Thank you, Nick.

  • jakins96 Jan 29, 2013
    Towel Boy

    It's good to see an old Fuquay grad get his due! Great hire, although not surprising. Garner should be lucky that he didn't get hired away all these years.

  • Nick Stevens Jan 29, 2013
    Sports Legend

    I fixed it for you.

  • Tyler12 Jan 29, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Sorry about listing it four times guys, site is acting up.

  • Tyler12 Jan 29, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Garner High AD: Defensive coordinator Thurman Leach will be next Garner head football coach. Official announcement expected later today.

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