One who is perhaps the most familiar with the athletic programs at Mooresville High School is now the one in charge of overseeing them all.
Charles Hopkins, heavily involved in the sports department at MHS for more than 20 years that grants him seniority on that staff, is now less than week away from embarking on his first regular season phase of duty as the school’s athletic director.
Officially, Hopkins assumed the AD title in July when taking over on a year-long interim basis. Hopkins fills the void left by former AD Kevin Wilson, who has temporarily vacated the position but is remaining at the school as an assistant principal. The pre-season portion of the fall sports season draws to a close as of this week. Monday marks the first official play date for all sports with the exception of football.
“I’ve been here for more than a month,” said Hopkins, “and I’m still settling in. I don’t know if I ever really will. I had no idea what all was involved with this position. It allows me to appreciate the ADs I have worked with in the past.”
Hopkins has been through several.
He is approaching what will formally be his 21st season associated with the athletic program at Mooresville High School. No current member of the sports department at the school has been present non-stop longer than Hopkins. When taking into consideration previous time spent also involved in sports at the middle school level, Hopkins is nearing his 25th year of service to the Mooresville Graded School District.
“It doesn’t really seem that long at all,” said Hopkins. “I can safely say that I’ve enjoyed all my time being involved with Mooresville school sports at every level.”
Since coming on board at the high school level, Hopkins has served in several capacities. In addition to his duties as a member of the school’s physical education instructional staff, Hopkins has spent time along the sidelines coaching in some capacity in the sports of football, wrestling, cross country and boys golf.
While serving primarily as an assistant coach in most of the sports, he has filled the role of head boys golf coach over the past 16 years.
This year, Hopkins will be trimming some of those coaching commitments in order to accept the responsibilities tied to the athletic director.
Hopkins will not be contributing to this fall’s cross country program, and he has also had his number of PE classes shortened as well. It remains to be known whether he will be able to continue his ties to the wrestling team in the winter as well as with the golf team in the spring.”
“It’s really a full-time job,” said Hopkins. “If it has anything at all to do with the athletic program here, then I’m involved with it. All it takes is one weather-related schedule change to screw everything else up.”
Hopkins was the one selected to fill the opening following an interview process. He also welcomes the assistance he has been receiving since sitting behind the AD’s desk.
“Kevin has been great in providing me some leadership,” said Hopkins. “Leslie (Byers, the department’s athletic secretary) has really been a God-send as well. She does all the behind-the-scenes work. My transition to this position could not be possible without their help.”
The groundwork has already been plowed for what has the makings of another success school sports year.
Talent is back on place in the form of a trio of runners who all placed in the top eight positions in the boys cross country regionals. Returning players are also back for the girls tennis team during the fall season as well.
Mooresville’s wrestling team captured its second consecutive individual state 4A class championship crown to help highlight last winter’s season.
And during the spring, the baseball team gloved its program’s first-ever state championship title while the softball team set program precedence as well by advancing to the third game of the best-of-three regional title series a step shy of also reaching the state finals.
Presently, Hopkins is expected to serve as the school’s AD for just the 2019-20 school year.