BHS chooses Watford

Published 12:36 pm Saturday, April 24, 2010

WINDSOR – The long search for a new football coach at Bertie High School is nearly over.

Bertie County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chip Zullinger has confirmed he is in contract negotiations with veteran coach Greg Watford to become the Falcons’ new coach.

“We are excited about bringing in a Head Football Coach with a ton of experience and a proven track record,” Dr. Zullinger said. “Not only does Coach Watford possess both, but he understands the history and tradition of Bertie High School football.”

Watford, who currently serves as Head Football Coach at Northampton County High School – East, is an Ahoskie High School graduate. He will replace Tony Hoggard, who resigned to continue his administrative career.

During his 18 years as a Head Football Coach, Watford has guided Southeast Halifax, Southern Vance, West Carteret and Hertford County High School.

Dr. Zullinger said Watford was chosen from a strong pool of candidates after a process that involved both school district personnel and members of the community at large.

Watford’s name will officially be presented to the Bertie County Board of Education for approval during their regular meeting May 1 upon finalization of the contract.

“The school board charged us with finding a quality candidate to replace Coach Hoggard who could come in and lead us back to the top of the conference and I think our search has concluded with exactly that,” Dr. Zullinger said. “We’re excited about what Coach Watford will bring to Falcon football.”

Watford said he was also excited about the opportunity.

“There are only a handful of jobs in North Carolina I would have even considered,” Watford said. “Our situation at Northampton-East has been terrific and I have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent there.

“When Coach Hoggard resigned, I knew there was a special opportunity at Bertie,” he continued. “There are few places that have the history and tradition that Bertie has with two state titles in the last 15 years combined with a bunch of talented student-athletes and a good coaching staff.”

A date for Watford’s move to Bertie will be finalized after approval by the Bertie School Board.