GC's Wooten hired away by Havelock
By Laieke Abebe
The Daily Reflector
Friday, April 12, 2019
Greene Central football is left looking for a new head coach after Allen Wooten announced on Friday he is leaving to become the new coach at perennial powerhouse Havelock High School.
As head coach of the Rams, he posted a 39-34 record and his team never missed the playoffs in his tenure. Now, he’ll be coaching another group of Rams in Craven County.
“It’s difficult to leave,” Wooten said about his time in Snow Hill. “Sometimes you have to make a tough decision that’s based on what’s best for my family. We felt that the best decision was to accept the job at Havelock. That doesn’t take away from the many memories I had in my six years at Greene Central. I’ve been a part of some great memories like the 10-2 season in 2015. I have nothing but respect for Greene Central High School and all of Greene County.”
Wooten inherits a Havelock team that went 13-1 and was undefeated in conference play. The Rams made it to the 3-A East Regional championship last season. The Rams were up 28-7 at halftime before coming up just short of a state championship appearance in a 41-34 loss to Jacksonville. Havelock, however, has consistently made deep runs into the state playoffs in football.
“Going to Havelock a new challenge,” Wooten said. “It’s an opportunity to make a program better than it was before. They have one of the best high school football teams in North Carolina and they consistently make it to at least the regional championship every year. I want to continue the great tradition of excellence that this school and football program both have.”
Havelock was under the direction of Caleb King, who took the head coach position at Easley (S.C.) High School. With Wooten coming into town, he will be hoping to continue Havelock’s tradition of having a high-scoring offense.
“Allen has done a great job at Greene Central,” said GC athletic director David Bryant. “He always challenged our kids to get better and compete. He’s put a team in the playoffs each year he has been our coach. We wish him the best at Havelock.”
In his last season at Greene Central, Wooten led the Rams to a 6-6 overall record and 3-3 in the Eastern Carolina 2-A conference. Their season ended with a 63-28 loss to South Columbus in the first round of the 2-A state playoffs. Bryant will begin the process of finding a new head coach for the Greene Central football team immediately.
“We plan to take applications and do interviews in the next few weeks,” he said. “We will consider assistants from within the current staff and people from the outside. From there we will announce a new coach in the near future.”
SWE sweeps North Pitt
SouthWest Edgecombe extended the early-season woes for North Pitt in a doubleheader on Thursday night, chalking up routine victories of 15-2 and 13-2.
The Panthers (0-13, 0-6) had few bright spots, though Kiley Manning ripped a pair of doubles in the second game off an otherwise dominant arm in SWE’s Raven Owens, who also went 3-for-3 with a home run.
North Pitt travels to Farmville Central on Tuesday.