Marvin Ridge fires Chadwick
The high school football coaching carousel continues across Union County.
Marvin Ridge High head coach Scott Chadwick was relieved of his duties on Wednesday, making him the fifth coach in UC that won't return to their team next season.
According to Chadwick, he was called to the office of Marvin Ridge Principal Tim Conner Wednesday afternoon and told he was being released.
"Mr. Conner and myself had put together a growth plan together for the program a couple months back and he told me (Wednesday) he did not feel the growth plan was working out and that he wanted to go in a different direction," Chadwick said. "He had a list of expectations for me and the program and he didn't feel like it was working out."
Chadwick compiled a 41-20 record in five years with the Mavericks, including three consecutive nine-plus win seasons from 2009-11.
Marvin Ridge went 6-6 last season, losing to Charlotte Catholic in the first round of the 3AA state playoffs. The Mavs qualified for the postseason in each of the five years under Chadwick.
"For me personally, I'm fine," said Chadwick. "My success as a football coach speaks for itself and I'll have no trouble finding a job. I hate just hate it for my children and the impact it will have on them and I hate it for my players. I feel terrible for my players that they have to endure this."
Tailback Jacob Henderson, who will be a senior for the Mavs next season, voiced his opinion via Twitter Wednesday evening.
"I no longer play for the name on the front of my jersey but for the person who built the name on the front of my jersey #loveyoucoach," Henderson tweeted.
The other four head coaches in the county that won't be returning include Sun Valley's Scott Stein, Cuthbertson's Michael Roark, Porter Ridge's Blair Hardin and Union Academy's Lynn Keziah.
Stein is now the head coach at Myers Park while Hardin has accepted the same job at Freedom. Roark will be an assistant at Charlotte Country Day.
Union Academy has already hired former Carolina Panther Brad Hoover to take over for Keziah.