02/27/05 — Kevin Hart to resign at GC

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Kevin Hart to resign at GC

By Gabe Whisnant
Published in Sports on February 27, 2005 2:11 AM

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central's Kevin Hart will resign his duties as head men's basketball coach after two years with the Rams.

Hart cited financial reasons and the yearning to get back into the general contracting business for himself.

"It was mainly financial. I worked for myself for five years before coming here, and didn't know how it would be answering to a bell. I never got used to it," Hart said. "I want to go back into work for myself. I love the coaching aspect, and hate that I'm not going to be coaching these guys."

During the 2003-2004 season, Greene Central went 11-15. Hart and the Rams turned it around this year -- posting a 18-9 mark, including a 7-3 record in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference. The Rams won their playoff opener at Northern Vance, before bowing out in the second round at High Point Andrews.

"I'm proud of how much we developed into a team. We had some guys asking us near the end of the year, 'Why isn't Teddie Waters scoring more points?' It was because he was playing team basketball.

"Everyone got along and it was enjoyable in those terms, but it was disappointing that we came up short on a couple of goals."

Hart, a health and physical education teacher, will finish the school year.

"I feel like I'm a better person for having worked here," Hart said. "The staff has been supportive during my whole time. If you want to be a high school teacher, I can't imagine a better place to work than here."

James "Rabbit" Fulghum, the school's athletics director, said the administration is not in a rush to name Hart's successor.

"There will be a search taking place for a coach," Fulghum said. "We are going to take our time."