Feb 8, 2013
Harnett Central High School will need a new football coach this fall.
Patrick Turner announced Friday he is leaving the school to take over the program at Menendez High School in St. Augustine, Fla.
Turner took over the program at Harnett Central in 2010, the summer after the Trojans made a run to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state championship game.
In his three seasons at Harnett Central, Turner compiled an overall record of 14-19, making the state playoffs in his first two seasons. Turner's best season was in 2010 when Harnett Central posted a 7-5 record.
Last season, the Trojans were 2-8 and failed to make the state playoffs, but they manage to upset Southeast Raleigh, a conference rival.
Turner came to Harnett Central from Charles (S.C.) James Island Charter, replacing Marc Morris who left to become the football coach at Cleveland High School.
A 2000 graduate of Fuquay-Varina High School, Turner played college football at Wingate for one year, then transferred to North Greenville College in South Carolina.
After college, Turner coached at Fuquay-Varina under David Riggs before going to Harnett Central as an assistant. He has also coached at the college level at Northern State University in South Carolina and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas.
Harnett Central will remain a member of the Greater Neuse River 4-A Conference next season in the new realignment.
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