Football

West Johnston's Ragland hired at Fairmont

Posted January 9, 2013

West Johnston High School will need a new football coach next season.

Randy Ragland said Wednesday that he has accepted the head coaching position at Fairmont High School in Robeson County.

"It's a small town, a community school, and they've got some good athletes down that way," Ragland said, explaining what attracted him to Fairmont.

Ragland, a 1986 graduate of Fuquay-Varina High School, came to West Johnston in 2010 after Bennett Jones left the school. In his three seasons with the Wildcats, Ragland compiled a 14-17 overall record, including a 3-7 record last season.

"I really didn't see myself leaving (after last season). I was personally very happy at West Johnston and I think the future is really bright there, but I'm just a small town guy and I wanted to get back to a community school," he said.

The news came out so fast that Ragland hasn't had a chance to speak to his team as a whole yet. He said he hopes to do so on Thursday, but that the decision was a very difficult one.

"We've got great facilities, great administration and great kids, so it's tough. It was really tough," said Ragland.

Prior to coaching at West Johnston, Ragland was the offensive coordinator at Middle Creek High School for five seasons. In 2009, Ragland helped the Mustangs to the third round of the state playoffs.

As a player, Ragland played quarterback at Fuquay-Varina, helping the Bengals to an appearance in the 1985 state championship game. He attended college at Lees-McRae College.

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