Hoover resigns at UA
Brad Hoover has resigned as head football coach at Union Academy after one season with the program.
According to Cardinals athletic director Brad Hinson, the former Carolina Panthers fullback informed the players, administration and staff he was leaving at the school on Monday.
"(Monday) was a tough day, not only for (Hoover) but for the kids," said Hinson. "It's going to be tough to replace him because he did such a good job with the kids and they liked him a lot. They all bought in to what he wanted to do and he poured his whole heart into the job."
The Cardinals finished 6-6 overall under Hoover, including a 4-4 mark in the Yadkin Valley Conference.
Union Academy advanced to the second round of the 1A state playoffs before falling to Albemarle, which went 11-4 and played in the state semifinals.
The Cards competed in an all-1A conference for the first time after playing in a 1A/2A league the previous four seasons.
"I think we can be very competitive in our league year in and year out," Hinson said. Hinson said the program is looking for "a high-character guy with a lot of energy" to replace Hoover.
"We want to keep building on where Hoover got us," said Hinson. "We want somebody that can keep the program going in the right direction."
The Cardinals are eligible to return three all-conference players,
including junior defensive lineman Tyler Chambers, junior punter Aharon Gonzalez and junior offensive lineman Olin Austin.
UA will also return junior receiver Logan Pautz, who finished with 37 catches for 671 yards and 10 touchdowns.