The sports related to-do list of one Mooresville High School faculty member has gotten a whole lot longer.
Teacher and veteran coaching staff roster member Charles Hopkins has added the duties of Mooresville High School athletic director to his responsibilities for the fast-approaching upcoming high school sports year.
Hopkins, fondly referred to as “Hoppy” by those who know him best, fills the vacancy voided by former AD Kevin Wilson, who left the position.
“I have taken a one-year leave of absence from the athletic director’s role at MHS for personal reasons,’’ Wilson said in a press release. “ I will continue to serve the school in my role as an assistant principal. The interim AD for the 2019-20 school year will be Hopkins.”
An established member of the school’s coaching fraternity, Hopkins most recently was the head coach of the school’s boys golf team.
Wilson, who arrived on board as athletic director in 2014 after coming from a similar situation at current I-Meck Conference member North Mecklenburg High School, will remain on staff and plans to return to his AD duties following the upcoming school year, said MHS Principal Eric Schwarzenegger.
Wilson temporarily leaves the school’s overall athletic program in solid shape.
The school’s Blue Devils wrestling team, reigning I-Meck champions, captured the program’s second consecutive individual N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A class team title and have a single-season record three individual weight class champions.
During this past spring season, Mooresville’s baseball team – co-champions during the course of the I-Meck’s regular season – hit its peak to rattle off a nine-game winning streak during postseason play. This resulted the first-ever NCHSAA 4A class championship crown in baseball.
The school’s softball team, outright I-Meck champs, advanced to within one game of also reaching the state championship series and settled for securing the program’s first-ever appearance in a NCHSAA 4A class West Regional finals.
Prior to the start of last year, Wilson hired Thad Wells from Blacksburg, Virginia, to coach the Blue Devils football team. The Devils registered a 9-4 season while advancing to the second round of the NCHSAA 4AA class playoffs.
Additionally under Wilson’s regime, the school’s athletic facilities have experienced a major overhaul.
The campus’ new gymnasium opened in late 2017 and more than doubled the seating capacity of the previous site. The current gym features bleachers with 25 rows on each side - a sharp contrast to the total of roughly 20 rows total at the former location. The facility holds approximately 2,200 spectators.
Mooresville’s new combination baseball/softball stadium also debuted in 2017. The facility features an artificial turf surface for all but its outfield and also has four bullpen pitching mounds. The diamond’s baseball pitching mound is portable and can be stored, enabling it to double up as a softball venue as well. Additional removable fencing is put into play to establish the softball-playing boundaries.
The personnel transition within the MHS athletic department officially took effect July 1.