The head coaching position may have changed at Wayne Country Day, but don’t expect the dynamics in the Wayne Country Day girls’ basketball program to undergo a conversion this season.

Assistant coach Zeara “Z” McDuffie is taking over the girls’ basketball program from Maurice Jones, who stepped down earlier this year.

Jones guided the Chargers for four seasons.

During his four seasons as head coach, the Chargers went 86-21, won four straight conference titles and advanced to four consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A semifinals.

And McDuffie is more than ready to continue the Chargers’ run of success.

She played basketball at Goldsboro High School.

After graduating from high school, McDuffie attended Lenoir Community College, where she received her associate’s degree in physical education.

McDuffie started coaching in 2011 at Goldsboro High, and she became an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Wayne Country Day in 2019.

As an assistant coach, McDuffie helped lead the Chargers to three straight conference titles and three consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A semifinal appearances.

Last year, McDuffie graduated from the University of Mount Olive where she received her bachelor’s degree in leisure and recreational studies.

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